Richmond Hill, Leeds
Shopping Mart and Church Hall, Upper Accommodation Road
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Richmond Hill is a district of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The district lies a mile to the east of the city centre between York Road (A64 road), East End Park and Cross Green. The appropriate City of Leeds ward is Burmantofts and Richmond Hill.
Since around 2000, the city centre has encroached into the Richmond Hill area.[further explanation needed]
Richmond Hill developed as a residential and industrial area during the late-18th and 19th centuries. Housing in the area was originally small cottages but during the industrial revolution many streets of back-to-back terrace houses were built to house the influx of workers. Upper Accommodation Road is the historic heart of the area with some of the more historic buildings on the west side and newer ones on the east. A Leeds Industrial Co-operative building from 1902 is on a corner with East Park Road. In the 20th century much of the housing stock was updated with schemes such as the Saxton Gardens. The Saxton Gardens estate has since been redeveloped by Urban Splash to create 410 homes, allotments and the largest communal garden in the city.
Four churches were built in the area. On top of the hill is the Anglican Parish Church of St Saviour, a Grade I listed building built in 1845, founded by Edward Bouverie Pusey. Nearby is the redundant Roman Catholic Mount St Mary's Church (opened 1857, closed 1989). It was built to serve the Irish community which had come to live in the area (then slum housing and industry known as The Bank) by the 1850s, and was considered to be the largest parish church in Europe. Mount St Mary's Catholic High School originates from a convent school to serve the same community. On York Road, All Saints Church, (now closed) was built in 1980 to replace an earlier and larger church of the same name. Newbourne Methodist Church is located on Upper Accommodation Road. The former Leeds (Richmond Hill) Circuit of the Methodist Church later became part of the Leeds East Circuit, which merged with Leeds North-East Circuit in September 2013. The circuit's records are now held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service.
In May 2012 it was reported that the area has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the United Kingdom, with one in ten girls in the area becoming pregnant by the age of 18.
Richmond Hill has limited amenities. The Electrical Engineering department of the former Leeds College of Technology was at one time based on East Street. There are local shops including off licences, newsagents and fast food takeaways. There is a medical centre and dentists on East Park Road.
Richmond Hill lies close to the Leeds Inner Ring Road, and major routes in and out of the citywhich provides the area with many bus services. Most bus services are operated by First Leeds. The route 4 bus runs to the city centre, Whinmoor, Seacroft, Gipton, Harehills, St James' Hospital, Wortley, Bramley and Pudsey. The 18 runs to Garforth, Colton, Halton the city centre, Headingley, West Park, Ireland Wood and Tinshill. The 37 runs to Halton Moor, Osmondthorpe and the city centre. The 40 runs to Whinmoor, Swarcliffe, Cross Gates, Halton and the city centre. The 49 runs to Seacroft, Gipton, Harehills, the city centre, Burley, Kirkstall and Bramley. The 50 runs to Seacroft, Oakwood, Harehills, Burley, Kirkstall, Hawksworth and Horsforth. The 56 runs to Whinmoor, Seacroft, Killingbeck, Hyde Park, the University of Leeds, Headingley and Moor Grange. The closest railway station is Leeds railway station, approximately one mile to the west. The railway line runs eastward through the district.
- "Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan Local Undesignated Heritage Assets Background Paper" (PDF). www.leeds.gov.uk. Leeds City Council. Sep 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
- www.leodis.net St Saviour's Church, Ellerby Lane
- Rosser, Ian (8 December 2005). "Start of a new era". Yorkshire Evening Post. Leeds. ISSN 0963-2255.
- www.leodis.net All Saints Church, York Road
- Newbourne Methodist Church
- Leeds North and East Circuit, accessed 6 June 2018
- National Archives, Richmond Hill Methodist Circuit, Leeds, accessed 6 June 2018
- Leeds Re-generation continues in Richmond Hill - Yorkshire Forward 2006
- "The Ancient Parish of Leeds". GENUKI. Historical and genealogical resource for area including Richmond Hill