Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Bear Pit - Cardigan Lane , Headingley

Bear Pit Headingley Leeds

In 1840 Headingley became the site of Leeds' Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Despite the opening of Headingley railway station, serving the gardens, in 1849, the zoo was a loss-making venture and closed in 1858. The bear pit survives and can still be seen on Cardigan Road. I see nothing wrong in having a bear pit, just as a reminder that bears really do not belong in any kind of pit.


  1. I definitely agree with your last statement. I do like the stonework doorway though.

  2. It looks a little like a small castle to me. I totally agree about the bears not belonging in the pit!

  3. It does look like it can hold bears at bay. Formidable structure.

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  4. I will have to agree with everyone here, no bear should live in a pit.


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