Leeds Engine:Today: Plaques

Commemerative Plaques

With a number of organisations in Leeds keen to tell the story of our engine building heritage, many of the former works sites now have plaques informing passers by of the history of the buildings. Below are details of the plaques that can be found on engine works sites around Leeds, a few works are yet to have such plaques fitted but it is getting so that you could do a guided tour of the sites with the plaques to tell the story.

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Others around Leeds
Site Location Plaque Texts
Olympia Works, Robert Blackburn Tescos store, Roundhay Road Leeds Civic Trust blue plaque at the Tescos store on the site of the works "THE OLYMPIA WORKS, Robert Blackburn - aviation pioneer - built aircraft here including over 100 BE2C army and navy biplanes and the famous Kangaroo, Swift and Sopwith Baby planes. He test flew the BE2Cs on Soldiers' Field and frpm there, in 1919, operated passenger flights to London and Amsterdam, 1914 - 1932" 
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Olympia Works Blue Plaque

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Works History
John Fowler's Place of Death Prospect House, Ackworth Well out of the Leeds area and not on a former works but worth incluing is this blue plaque on Prospect House in Ackworth marking the place where John Fowler died and briefly describing his achievements. JOHN FOWLER 1826 - 1864, A Wiltshire-born Quaker, who devoted his life to the advancement of agriculture, died here. He developed the first practical method of mechanical cultivation using a cable system powered by steam engines. Founder of the Steam Plough Works in Hunslet, Leeds
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John Fowler Blue Plaque Ackworth Home

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Check out the Leeds Civic Trust website for more information about its work to "stimulate public interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of the City and locality". If you liked the trail of blue plaques on the former engine works there is a book available detailing all the blue plaques across the city.
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