The Oakwood Clock
Oakwood shown within West Yorkshire
|Metropolitan borough||City of Leeds|
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Leeds North East|
It is home to Oakwood Clock, a large clock that was built in 1904 by Potts of Leeds to the design of Leeming and Leeming and is sited at the bottom end of Roundhay Park; it was first designed as the centrepiece of Kirkgate Market, Leeds. After the design of Kirkgate Market was revised it was considered that this clock would no longer be suitable for the building, and the idea to place it in Oakwood came about. Eight years after it was first built this clock was erected in Oakwood. The clock was last renovated in the 1970s and is now in urgent need of repair. A number of local interest groups organised a series of fundraising events in a successful attempt to raise the necessary money to preserve this important local landmark and in January 2015 work commenced to dismantle the clock tower which is scheduled to be renovated and then returned to site by May 2015.
It was in the garden of Oakwood Grange that Louis Le Prince filmed the Roundhay Garden Scene in 1888, credited as the first motion picture. Oakwood Grange was demolished in 1972 to make way for Oakwood Grange housing estate but what would have been the adjacent stately home, Oakwood Hall still remains as a nursing home.
On Roundhay Road is the Post Office, a Co-op Supermarket (formerly Somerfield and before that Safeway), a Tesco, a Morrisons, and several shops and banks. The Post Office and Tesco refer to their location as 'Roundhay', while Oakwood is in the Roundhay ward, these businesses are generally considered to be in Oakwood, particularly as there is a Post Office in the heart of Roundhay on Street Lane. Oakwood public library is at number 1 Oakwood Lane on the corner of the junction diagonally opposite the Oakwood clock.
Oakwood Farmers' Market
Held on the third Saturday of the month since March 15, 2008 around the Oakwood Clock, Oakwood Farmers' Market has become a regular feature. Organised by local residents in conjunction with Roundhay Environmental Action Project the Oakwood Farmers' Market's goal is to provide quality local produce, some of which is organic, with local being defined at produce travelling no more than 20 miles to the market. Receiving FARMA accreditation, being the second farmers' market in Leeds to have done so, has meant that the Oakwood Farmers' Market can display the FARMA logo to prove its status as a true farmers' market. Regular stalls and 'feature' stalls provide a range of local products including: jams, meats, eggs, chocolates, bread and wide range of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Seasonal holidays are celebrated with local musicians, artists and performers.
Because the LS8 postcode boundary includes Fearnville, Lady wood, Gipton Wood and Hollin Wood, these are sometimes considered part of Oakwood. This means that the A58 Easterly Road, built in 1930s, cuts across the area. For example, Oakwood Primary School is south of this road.
Gipton Wood refers to either an area of woodland or an area of housing adjacent to the wood in Leeds. The woodland is now triangular, bounded by the Oakwood Boundary Road on the northeast, Roundhay Road on the west and Copgrove Road on the southeast. It has an area of 8.2 hectares and is part of the Forest of Leeds. It is ancient woodland, predominantly oak, sycamore, beech and hornbeam. It is maintained by the City of Leeds and a voluntary group, the Friends of Gipton Wood.
The residential area known as Gipton Wood is south of the wood down to Easterley Road.
- www.leodis.net Oakwood Clock
- oakwoodclock.co.uk Oakwood Clock Restoration Campaign
- www.leodis.net Roundhay Road no. 492, Fish Bar
- Internet Movie Database Roundhay Garden Scene
- Roundhay Garden Scene 1888
- www.commlinks.co.uk Oakwood Hall
- www.leeds.gov.uk Oakwood Library
- www.reap-leeds.org.uk Roundhay Environmental Action Project
- www.oakwoodfarmersmarket.com Oakwood Farmers' Market Official website
- www.farmersmarkets.net farmersmarkets.net
- Forest of Leeds The Woodlands
- Community Groups in Yorkshire
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