Cross Green, Leeds

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Cross Green playing fields

Cross Green is a mainly industrial area of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is around 1 mile (1.6 km) on a hill to the south east of Leeds city centre, with the A63 road (Pontefract Lane) running through the middle and dividing it into a residential estate with playing fields and housing to the north, and a large industrial estate to the south. The area lies in the LS9 Leeds postcode area between Osmondthorpe, Richmond Hill and Hunslet.

Leeds RERF[edit]

Leeds RERF from Pontefract Lane

An area north of Pontefract Lane formerly housed the main Leeds wholesale markets, one for meat, one for fish, fruit and vegetables.[1] This was redeveloped into a facility for converting household waste into energy which opened in April 2016, and handles all the black bag bin waste from Leeds.[2] This is called the Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF), and is operated by Veolia. The main building itself is distinctive in appearance, because of its arched timber beam construction and a Green wall on the South side, and won the Project of the Year award at the Structural Timber Awards 2015.[3][4]

Residential Area[edit]

This consists of 450 homes, largely traditional terraced and back-to-back houses on Cross Green Lane and streets north of it.[5] It is home to Leeds GATE (Gypsy And Traveller Exchange).[6] A school, Cross Green Comprehensive School, became Copperfields College, but has now been demolished.[5]

The Anglican Church of St Hilda and its vicarage are both Grade II Listed Buildings.[7] It is a red brick church by J. T. Micklethwaite, dating from 1881.[7]

Notable people[edit]

It was the birthplace in 1942 of the poet Barry Tebb.[8]

Coordinates: 53°47′20″N 1°30′40″W / 53.789°N 1.511°W / 53.789; -1.511

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  1. ^ "Pontefract Lane, Wholesale Fish, Fruit and Vegetable Market, Opening Ceremony". Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  2. ^ "New state-of-the-art incinerator to save Leeds £7m every year". Yorkshire Evening Post. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Turning Yorkshire waste into energy as 'iconic' building dominates Leeds skyline". Yorkshire Post. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  4. ^ "2015 Winners". Structural Timber Awards. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b Smith, Christa (15 February 2013). "Sustainable Communities Investment Programme - Cross Green and Nevilles" (PDF). Leeds City Council. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Leeds GATE Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Church of St Hilda". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  8. ^ Tebb, Barry (2005). The Fiddler and His Bow: The Autobiography of a Poet. Sixties Press. ISBN 0952999412.