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Temple Works

Pioneering industrialist John Marshall’s thirst for innovation did not stop at Marshall’s Mill.

Inspired by Eygptian architecture, in 1864 he went on to create the magnificent Temple Works as an extension to his previous accomplishments.

Temple Works: Past

Sitting adjacent to Marshall’s Mill, Temple Works is based on the Temple of Edfu at Horus, and originally included a chimney designed in the style of an obelisk and its facade reflecting Marshall’s ardent interest in Egyptology.

When the building was first created it was said to be the “largest single room in the world”. Alongside this feat of construction, Temple¬†Works employed the latest technology including ducts beneath the floor providing air conditioning and housing the power supply for the machinery in the linen weaving sheds above.

It is said that sheep also grazed on a roof covered in grass to retain humidity and prevent the linen thread from drying out and becoming unmanageable.

Temple Works: Present

Temple Works is the only Grade I listed building within the Holbeck Urban Village boundary, and is currently owned by SJS Property Management.

In December 2008 the building suffered a major structural fracture and part of the infamous roof collapsed. As restoration work continues to safe guard the future of the building, artists and creative thinkers have taken up residence in the halls of this historical heirloom.

The most recent addition to the Temple Works collective is the revived Leeds Savages Club, a collection of artists, sketchers, writers, and painters originally founded in 1897 and revived in 2010.

Temple Works: Future

Immediate plans for Temple Works will see the building repaired and made safe for public access. Future plans aim to develop an avant garde cultural retail experience, showcasing artists from a diverse range of disciplines and cultures. A programme of events and exhibitions will continue to be developed providing and eclectic mix of local talent and high profile, international stars of creativity.

Image by: Emma Duffield Photographic Design
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