Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

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Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
A selfactor at Armley Mills Industrial Museum

The Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is a museum of industrial heritage located in Armley, west Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It includes collections of textile machinery, railway equipment and heavy engineering amongst others.

The Grade II* listed building housing the museum was once the world's largest woollen mill. The current structures were built in 1805 by Benjamin Gott and closed as a commercial mill in 1969. They were taken over by Leeds City Council and reopened as a museum of industrial heritage in 1982. It is located between the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire and accessed from Canal Road or Milford Place.

Nearby is Botany Bay Yard which was so named because it was the first place in England where wool from Botany Bay in Australia was landed. There was a wharf at this location that served the Benjamin Gott Mill, now Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, for all of its narrow boat supplies. There still exists the remains of the wharf unloading shed and what appears to be a sunken barge alongside the canal at this location.

Railway collection[edit]

The museum has an extensive collection of standard gauge and narrow gauge railway rolling stock. The collection was started in 1956 when the Leeds City Museum acquired Barber from the recently closed Harrogate Gas Works Railway. A short display line is installed at Armley allowing some of the collection to run.


Name Builder Gauge Wheel
Date Works number Notes
Barber Thomas Green & Son 2 ft (610 mm) 0-6-2T 1908 ex Harrogate Gas Works Railway. Acquired 1956. Currently on long-term loan to the South Tynedale Railway
Jack Hunslet Engine Company 18 in (457 mm) 0-4-0WT 1898 684 Acquired 1957
Lord Granby Hudswell Clarke 3 ft (914 mm) 0-4-0ST 1902 Acquired 1961
Junin Hudswell Clarke 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) 2-6-2DM 1930 The world's first commercially built diesel locomotive[citation needed]
Southam 2 Hudswell Clarke 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) 0-4-0DM 1942 D625 Ex-Rugby Cement, Southam, Warwickshire
E. B. Wilson and Company 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) 0-6-0 1855 Modified frames, wheels, cylinders and motion of Oxford Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway no 34, later GWR 252. Used as an instructional model at Wolverhampton until 1964. Currently dismantled and not on view.

See also[edit]


  • Thomas, Cliff (2002). The Narrow Gauge in Britain & Ireland. Atlantic Publishers. ISBN 1-902827-05-8. 

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Coordinates: 53°48′2″N 1°34′57″W / 53.80056°N 1.58250°W / 53.80056; -1.58250