From its origins as a small borough the 1200s, Leeds became a major trading centre during the industrial revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries and so grew to became recognised as the regional capital of Yorkshire. Trading wool, cotton and textiles brought people and wealth to Leeds and the surrounding towns of Wakefield and Dewsbury. Temple works a huge flax mill was opened in Leeds to produce in this booming industry and at the time it was said to be the biggest room in the world. Much of west Yorkshire and neighbouring Lancashire benefitted hugely from this trade.
Situated on the river Aire, Leeds is also the start of the Leeds to Liverpool canal. Completed in 1816 the canal is 127 miles long, has 91 locks and crosses the pennies. This feat of engineering was only made possible due to the boom time of the industrial revolution. Today Leeds is connected by rail, motorways and large A road to its nearest cities of Manchester, Sheffield and York. It railway station is the busiest in the UK outside of London.
Its industrial past has been replaced by service sector jobs particularly in finance, banking and insurance industries. Outside of London Leeds in now the biggest city for this and house the headquarters of major banking companies such as Barclays, HSBC and Santander. Outside of work Leeds boasts a vibrant culture seen with many theatres, bars and museums. Leeds also has a big sporting pedigree with both Leeds United Football Club and Leeds Rhinos ruby team both based here.
Close to Leeds Chosen By Jessica is an online furniture retailer with extensive ranges in shabby chic, French baroque and vintage styles. If your are looking to create a decadent French baroque bedroom, with ornate wardrobes, bedside tables and chest of drawers we offer collections of furniture finished with detailed carvings and bowed legs. For a truly luxury feel to your room, view of silver and mirrored furniture ranges.
We also for many ranges of classic shabby chic furniture. Finished in subtle pastel colours then lightly distressed, these pieces of furniture create a cosy homely feel to your room. Each range has a wide selection for pieces available for you to create a full room set of matching furniture.
Reclaimed wood furniture is perfect for creating a rustic farmhouse look to your room. Dining tables, coffee table and TV units are all able in this popular wood choice, hand selected for its naturally aged charm.
Our home accessories section has large wall clocks in rustic and vintage deigns, shabby chic and traditional style lamps as well as stunning wall art such as antiqued silver angel wings and bronzed stag heads.