Tuesday, 21 April 2009
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.