Armley Common Land
Armley Common Land prior to the enclosure of common land in Armley, local people had the free right to graze their livestock and cut bracken on around 175 acres of common land. Following an Act of Parliament in 1793 much of this land became enclosed by fences and hedges and effectively became private land. A few small parcels, totalling five sites, remain as common land and are managed by the Armley Common Rights Trust. They are: -
The rough grassland of Hill Top Moor being grazed by a tethered horse
Charlie Cake Park looking towards the terraced houses on Springfield Mount
Beyond the kickabout area of Ley Lane Recreation Ground can be seen Burley and Kirkstall with Cookridge Tower on the horizon
Hill Top Moor consists of an area of rough grassland with a young spinney fronting Top Road. Seating is provided on the high ground on the northwest side by the stone wall.
Charlie Cake Park is in essence a pocket park serving the local community. A tree and shrub border surrounds the amenity grass and three rose beds. A circular tarmacadam path with seating at intervals along the edge of the shrubbery completes the facility.
Ley Lane Recreation Ground comprises a large area of amenity grass for general recreation. Despite a lack of facilities the elevated nature of this green space site does give panaramic views over the far side of the Aire valley and towards the city.
A small pocket park by the busy crossroads linking Town Street with Armley Ridge Road and Wortley Road. Ample seating with tarmacadam paths, amenity grass and rose beds provides an oasis where one can have a moments respite before moving on through the dense urban areas of Armley.
Armley Common Moor is the biggest of the five sites managed by the Armley Common Rights Trust. A vast expanse of rough grassland largely grazed by tethered horses. A number of paths cross the green space enabling local community members to access the shopping precinct of Town Street from neighbouring residential areas
Tarmacadam path crossing Armley Common Moor from Theaker Lane to Town Street
Little Moor looking towards Wortley Road
Hill Top Moor
Charlie Cake Park
Ley Lane Recreation Ground
These pockets of greenspace, which are located in the heart of Armley, remain open to the public and provide much needed green space in a dense urban area
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