Although Wellington Place is a vibrant, modern development, the site it stands on had a vital role to play in Leeds’ industrial heritage. It was once home to Leeds Central Station, the city’s main railway goods yard. The station opened on 18th September 1848, replacing the LNW terminus on Wellington Street. It carried passengers and goods to every corner of the country before finally closing on 1st May 1967 – but while the station may be gone, it’s certainly not forgotten.
The wagon lifting hoist sits at the heart of Wellington Place, Its the last remaining building from Central Station and was once used to move trucks from the lower levels of the Great Northern Goods Station to the higher level passenger line on the viaduct arches. Its now the focal point of our landmark park, Tower Square.
Just as Central Station was before us, Wellington Place is a bustling hub of activity, that’s not only supporting industry in Leeds, but also helping to drive the city’s economy forward.