Leeds boasts a good number of well-developed industries, including textile, wool, clothing, food, printing, as well as engineering branches. The first written mention of the city dates from the end of the eleventh century. At the beginning of the thirteenth century Leeds was known as a market town. During the Industrial Revolution the city found itself in a comfortable position and made a rapid climb. The population increased dramatically, while river and road transport systems experienced a magnificent growth. Over time, sea transport channels linked the city with continental Europe, while a railway explosion contributed to a significant rise, forming almost half of its export. Thus, over time Leeds becomes a real heart transport northern England.
The turn of events promoted the rapid development of a wide variety of industrial spheres: machinery, textile and chemical industries in particular. Leeds was among the first cities of the country where the steam engines manufacturing emerged. As a result, the first rail road linked the central city streets with coal areas in its southern part the middle of the eighteenth century. Apart from the above industries as well rapidly begins to develop coal mining and chemical industries.
Thanks to the breakthrough in the development of the economy in Leeds the first significant cultural institutions appeared on the city map with the famous University of Leeds leading the list. There are dozens of hotels in Leeds, and what is even more important, Leeds hotels system is characterized by flexible pricing models.
By the middle of the last century, almost half the city’s population was engaged in mechanical engineering, but over time this figure declined. Currently, the production facilities of Leeds employ only one citizen from ten.