10. Farnley Park

Robert Armitage was an extremely generous man and regularly allowed the grounds of Farnley Hall to be used by the local community. In May 1935 people from Old and New Farnley worked together to construct a huge bonfire which was later lit to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the reign of King George V and Queen Mary.

Farnley Hall 1935 bonfire












Robert’s death on 10 February 1944 marked the end of Farnley Hall as a private residence and on 1 September 1945 the estate of 129 acres was purchased by Leeds Corporation Parks Committee and became a public park with playing fields.

Farnley Horticultural Society

The Farnley and District Horticultural Society held its annual show in the grounds of Farnley Hall from 1912 until 1939.

Today Farnley Hall serves as the main Head Quarters for Leeds City Council’s Parks and Countryside service and is the lead agency for green space management in Leeds which has a rich heritage of parks and green spaces. This includes 7 major parks, 73 community parks, 95 recreation grounds and 4,000 hectares of local green space, 144 playgrounds and 500 sports facilities ranging from skateboard parks to golf courses, and which play host to 800 events annually. There are also 102 allotment sites, almost 800km of public rights of way, and 156 nature
conservation sites, as well as 26 cemeteries and 3 crematoria.

Farnley Hall also serves as the main operational depot for the west side of the city. The team comprises 27 supervisors who manage an operational frontline team of 105 staff.

Farnley Hall Coach House Farnley Hall vans today
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Farnley Park

Farnley Park

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