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Listed Leeds - Crispin House

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Hidden : 06/12/2015
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2 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

This is my first offering for the Listed Leeds series.

This series of caches has been instigated  by StartPlayer to show people some of the listed  buildings in Leeds, so here we go with

Crispin House.

The cache is not located at Crispin House, but a short walk away from where there are good views of the building, no climbing of trees, fences or walls are required.


Crispin House is located in Leeds' Northern Quarter on the corner of North Street and New York Road, and is a grade 2 listed building.

Originally it was called Heatona House as it was build for  Henry Heaton's Clothing Company.  At the height of business over 1000 people worked here, and in the 1970s over 3000 items of clothing were produced each week. Leeds at the time played a huge part in  the nations clothing industry. The company prospered over the years but  1979 the  building changed hands and it be came the property H.W. Poole & Sons Boot & Shoe Manufacturers, who changed the the name of the building to Crispin House,  naming it after the patron saint of boot making.

Around 1990 this business closed  down and the building stood empty for about 10 years.

 In 2001 work started to convert the building into an apartment complex with a gym and retail units.

After a few years the work came to a halt owing to problems with the conversion, rumours at the time  suggested  that the interior steel work didn’t fit or they  had run out of money!

For whatever reason this fine old building looked in a sorry state, the front of the building was covered in scaffolding, and all work had stopped. Then after a hiatus of about 5 years the work recommenced, and now the old building is back to it's former glory.

As of June 2015 there are still workmen on site bringing life back to Crispin House, but it’s well worth the short walk away from main shopping area of Leeds to have a look at this grades 2 listed building, which when built was one of the largest in Leeds.

If anyone has any other info on this building please let me now and i'll update this page.


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