The Leeds West constituency is made up of four Leeds City Council wards: Armley, Bramley and Stanningley, Farnley and Wortley and Kirkstall. Areas of Burley and Rodley also make up part of the constituency. Ten out of the twelve local councillors for the constituency are Labour Party councillors.
Leeds has grown from its Early Medieval origins as a collection of villages into the great modern city it is today. However, the different wards across the Leeds West constituency still retain their own character and community spirit, reflecting their village roots. North of the river, the Kirkstall Abbey and the Forge, form the historic backdrop to this part of town. The Forge first operated in 1200 and was a working forge until 2003. In the next few years the site will be transformed in to a new community for people to live and work.
The Industrial Revolution caused Leeds to thrive, as manufacturing, particularly within the textile industry, rapidly developed. The history of Leeds as a textile centre is preserved in the wonderful Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. Loads of different artifacts and carefully preserved machinery can be found at this museum on Canal Road.
Fascinating historic images from across Leeds are available at www.leodis.net.
Things to do
A number of events and festivals take place throughout the year in Leeds West. From Bramley Carnival and Kirkstall Festival in the summer, to the Armley Moor Fun Day and wrapping up warm for Bramley Bonfire in Autumn, to carol services in the deep of winter.
There is also the I Love West Leeds Festival and you can keep up to date with I Love West Leeds news and events on their website. Or, go to Visit Leeds for information on events happening in Leeds West and across the city.
For those interested in leisure and fitness, Leeds West offers a number of first-class facilities to the local community, including Armley Leisure Centre, the historic community-run Bramley Baths, and Kirkstall Leisure Centre.
There are hundreds of fantastic community and charity groups and organisations operating in Leeds West. You can join a team, learn a new hobby, get help and advice, or do something to help your local community. Check out the links below for more information on just a few of the events and organisations in Leeds West and across the city you can support or get involved with: