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LS12 LEEDS - Armley, Farnley, New Farnley

Armley is a district in the west of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It starts less than a mile from Leeds city centre. Like much of Leeds, Armley grew in the industrial revolution and had several mills, one of which is now the Armley Mills museum. Armley is now a largely working class area of the city, which still retains many smaller industrial businesses.

Armley is a predominantly and historically working class area, including many rows of back-to-back terrace houses. It is traditionally a strong Labour area, although current Labour policies, voter apathy and the creeping gentrification from Headingley (via Burley) is beginning to erode the landslide-style victories of yesteryear.

Farnley village (also known as Old Farnley), is a district in Leeds, West Yorkshire,England. Farnley is 2 miles (3 km) south west of Leeds city centre, between Wortley,Bramley and surrounding countryside, in the LS12 Leeds postcode area. The village was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as Fernelei. New Farnley is a nearby commuter village.

Armley's large leisure centre, which features a glass roof over the swimming pool as well as a large mezzanine level surrounding the whole pool, is scheduled for demolition once the new leisure centre has been opened. Construction of the new leisure centre (which is being situated adjacent to the existing one) began in late 2008. The closure of Armley's existing facility has attracted some controversy because of the age and local architectural significance of the building. Despite being a large building, the current facility only houses one 25-metre swimming pool with much redundant and unused space.Morley and Beeston are alsogetting new leisure centres under the programme being run by Leeds City Council.

Old Farnley has a lower set of shops, consisting of a pizza takeaway, a newsagent, a mini-mart, a butcher and Cow Close library. The area also has an upper set of shops consisting of a hair salon, a newsagent, a mini-mart and a fish and chip shop. Farnley has several area schools, Cobden Primary, Lawns Park Primary School and Farnley Park Maths and Computing College.

Other features of Armley include Armley (Gott's) Park, HM Prison Leeds, formerly known as Armley Gaol, Gott's Park Golf Club and Armley Mills Leeds Industrial Museum, plus numerous former cinemas and churches. The most notable of the former churches is the old Methodist chapel which is now owned by Mike's Carpets, and is a familiar landmark to the people of West Leeds. A similar chapel in Holbeck is also in use as a carpet shop.

At the lower area of Old Farnley sits St Wilfrid's Church. St Michael's church is in Farnley park near the stately home of Farnley Hall.

Armley Town Street includes a couple of high street names and charity shops as well as independent retailers typical of a suburban high street. There is especially good coverage of food retailers, plus excellent bus links into Leeds,Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield. Armley's Town Street has been praised for its large amount of free, off-road car parking, something unusual amongst inner-city and suburban high streets. Armley's parking is however mainly on-street and there are few car parks in the centre. Armley's only supermarket is a Somerfield on Town Street, neighbouring Wortley has a Netto (formerly Asda), while neighbouring Bramley has Tesco(formerly Safeway), Morrisons and Farmfoods.

In the 1086 Domesday Book it is mentioned as Wirtlei, also Wirtleie and Wrleia. Later it was known as Wirkelay until about 1700. Wortley was a weaving township independent of Leeds before it became industrial with coal pits, brickworks, railway yards and engine sheds—including a roundhouse, on Wellington Road. This Listed building, originally constructed to house a dozen or so steam locomotives, is now the premises of a major commercial vehicle hire company. In the 1880s, Wortley became incorporated into the expanding (then) town of Leeds.

In 1904, Farnley Civil Parish was abolished to create the Armley and Bramley Civil Parish. The civil parish had included slightly more than the area between the ring road Wood Lane, Back Lane,

Lower Wortley is furthest from the city centre, closer to Farnley and between the boundaries of Oldfield Lane/ Green Hill Lane to the north and Gelderd Road to the South. Housing in Lower Wortley is predominantly 1950's semi-detached with some modern low-rise flats and houses. Lower Wortley is home to Makro and Matalan as well as many car dealerships, including main dealers for brands such as Lotus, Aston Martin, Kia, Maserati,Honda, Porsche, Ford and Mazda. These are popular in this area of the city due to the location of the Leeds Outer Ring Road that passes through Lower Wortley and connects with the M621 motorway.

Wortley is a district of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It begins a one mile to the west of the city centre.

Old Farnley is the western terminus for First Leeds Bus Routes 5/5A and 42. It is likely that past bus operators in Leeds coined the name Old Farnley to avoid confusion with Farsley, another nearby area of Leeds.

Wortley is divided into three areas: New Wortley, Upper Wortley and Lower Wortley.

Upper Wortley is situated between Armley and Lower Wortley; specifically between the boundaries of Tong Road to the north and Oldfield Lane/ Green Hill Lane to the south. It consists of a variety of Victorian terraces, 1950's semi-detached houses and modern low-rise flats and houses.

It is between the M621 motorway and Kirkstall Road, stretching from roughly the New Wortley roundabout (aka Armley Gyratory) to around the start of the Stanningley By-pass/Cockshott Lane where it merges into Bramley. Armley is mentioned inthe 1086 Domesday Book as Ermelai.

New Wortley is the area closest to Leeds city centre, Armley and Holbeck and close to HMP Leeds. It is largely made up of 1960s high-rise flats and maisonettes.


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