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On our Headingley Campus, The Grange was originally a monastic farm that belonged to Kirkstall Abbey. New Grange was rebuilt in 1626 by Benjamin Wade. Palladian architect James Paine primarily designs the present Building for Walter Wade in 1752. In the nineteenth century, the Beckett family renamed the estate Kirkstall Grange and remodeled parts of the Mansion.
The Leeds Mechanics Institute was founded in 1824, located in two rooms, a library, and classroom, in premises on Park Row. In 1841 the Institute moved to South Parade.
Leeds College of Art moved from its Vernon Street site to Woodhouse Lane to form part of Leeds Central Colleges (the forerunner of Leeds Polytechnic) in 1969. Its origins lie in the Leeds Government School of Design, established in 1846, part of the Leeds Mechanics' Institute and Literary Society. Subsequently, the School of Design became the Leeds School of Art in 1856. In 1927 the School was granted college status and became Leeds College of Art.
The Leeds School of Science was formed as part of the Leeds Mechanics' Institute and Literary Society in 1868. However, the Sciences, particularly Chemistry, had been taught at the Institute since the very beginning, the first classes taking place in 1825. The School was renamed Leeds Technical School in 1896 and Leeds Technical College in 1927. They were finally becoming Leeds College of Technology in 1937. The College was the first to move to the new Central Colleges site (later Leeds Polytechnic) in 1956.
The Leeds Mechanics Institute amalgamated with the Leeds Literary Society in 1842. New premises were opened on Cookridge Street in 1868, in a building designed by architect Cuthbert Brodrick. The new building allowed for the expansion of the Institute Library, Leeds School of Art, and Leeds School of Science.
The Yorkshire School of Cookery in Leeds was formed in 1874 by the Ladies' Honourary Council of the Yorkshire Board of Education. Later names were Yorkshire Training School of Cookery (1877-1884) and Yorkshire Training School of Cookery and Domestic Economy (1884-1920). In 1920 the School gained college status and became the Yorkshire Training College of Housecraft, a name it retained until 1965. Between then and 1970, it was known as the Yorkshire College of Education and Home Economics.
In 1897 members of the Institute adopted a new name, The Leeds Institute of Science, Art, and Literature, to better reflect its educational activities. A Library and Reading Room, Leeds School of Art, Leeds Technical College, Leeds Boys' Modern School, and Leeds Girls' Modern School. The next year the Leeds School of Music and Commercial Evening School departments were established.
There is evidence of financial education before 1898. However, that year marked the incorporation of Commercial Evening Classes into the Leeds Institute of Science, Art, and Literature. In the first quarter of the twentieth century, commercial education courses were gradually grouped into the Leeds Central School of Commerce. In 1924 Day Courses were established, and in 1926 the School was granted college status and became the Leeds College of Commerce.
The transfer of the privately funded schools of the Leeds Institute of Science, Art, and Literature to Leeds Corporation began in 1906. This was in the wake of the 1902 Education Act, which created the Leeds Education Authority, taking over and expanding the role of the former School Board.
The City of Leeds Training College was formed in 1907 in temporary accommodation throughout the city. A permanent college was established in the grounds of Kirkstall Grange sold to Leeds Education Authority by Lord Grimthorpe. The new college buildings were opened on 13 June 1913 by the President of the Board of Education, J. A. Pearce M.P.
The Carnegie College of Physical Training was opened in 1933 alongside the City of Leeds Training College. Its first warden was Ernest Major, who created the foundation for its reputation for excellence in sports teaching. In 1947 it was renamed Carnegie College of Physical Education, dropping 'Training' for the more academically focussed 'Education.'
The Leeds Colleges of Art, Commerce, Technology, and the Yorkshire College of Education and Home Economics were gradually brought together on the north of the Civic Hall. The first College on-site was Leeds College of Technology with Mechanical Engineering, and Building opened by Clement Atlee in 1956. Over the next decade, the rest of the Technology, most Commerce, Housecraft, and Art, were accommodated on site.
In 1964 the City of Leeds Training College changed its name to the City of Leeds College of Education in response to the Robbins Report (1963). Its neighbor at Beckett Park was the Carnegie College of Physical Education. There was much overlap in the Colleges' administration and physical spaces, and in 1968 they formally merged to create the City of Leeds and Carnegie College.
In 1966 the White Paper "A Plan for Polytechnics and Other Colleges" began the process of Polytechnic creation, with Leeds at a great advantage having worked on the concept of a central college for around 40 years. The Leeds Central Colleges had already established much of the administrative and campus infrastructure. In 1970 Leeds Polytechnic came into being; its first Director was Patrick Nuttgens.
At Leeds Beckett we know that moving home is a big part of starting university life - that's why we offer some of the best student accommodation in the UK. It's an exciting part of your university experience, mixing with other students who may become lifelong friends.
With more than 4,250 rooms available in our halls of residence, you are spoilt for choice. Our accommodation is located within easy traveling distance of our campuses with facilities such as en-suite bedrooms, free Wi-Fi, or a TV in the lounge area.
Take a look at our accommodation website to see what we have to offer, from internet access and laundry facilities to security and parking.
Please note, our online booking system for accommodation runs from February to June for UK students and from February to July for international students.

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