Leeds is the ‘City of Ninety-nine Trades’: to the outsider a typical northern city of the Industrial Revolution, but which, in the eyes of its own citizens, has claims to cosmopolitan status as the capital of the West Riding conurbation. The diversity of the industry in the city, embracing clothing, engineering and, preeminently, wool textiles, has given it a more stable economic fortune than the neighbouring woollen towns or its rivals across the Pennines. Even in the unemployment of the hard winter of 1963, Leeds suffered less than most industrial towns.


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