A piece of Leeds heritage – Temple Mill in Holbeck – for (from) £1?

Yorkshire Evening Post webesite 171117One of Leeds’s oldest and most cherished heritage buildings – a Grade I listed former Flax Mill which is ‘in a state of disrepair’ – is to be auctioned next month, with a starting price of just £1.

The Yorkshire Post writes:

Temple Mill in Holbeck has been listed for sale on December 7 at Leeds United’s Norman Hunter Suite at Elland Road. A question mark has hung over the fate of the Grade I listed building – which was built almost 200 years ago in the Egyptian style and is privately owned – in recent months. Fashion brand Burberry had been given the first option to develop the building in addition to nearby land it had bought for several production sites.

This would have involved an overall investment of over £50m which was expected to provide more than 1,000 jobs.

However the manufacturing plans were put on hold after the Brexit referendum last year and the building option was allowed to lapse in July. Previous proposals to turn the building into an arts centre were also abandoned after several years of planning.

The listing on the Rightmove property website reports:

‘The property can be found in Holbeck very close to the city centre of Leeds and its train station. The property occupies a prominent position on Marshall Street in an area of vast regeneration.’

The listing adds the building is a Grade I listed former Flax Mill which is ‘in a state of disrepair’. It is being marketed as a space for offices and workshops spread across three floors, with an additional car park which is ‘currently let on a tenancy at will at £6,000 per annum’.

A council spokeswoman said: ‘Leeds City Council understands that the property has been scheduled for sale by auction. We are seeking further clarification from the owner. Temple Mill is Grade 1 Listed and a very significant example of Leeds’ and UK’s industrial heritage.’

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