Leeds (pop. 721,800), city in western Yorkshire, northern England. A weaving town in the Middle Ages, it remains a major center for textiles and clothing, particularly woolens. Other industries include electronics, machinery, chemicals, aircraft, vehicles, and food products. On the River Aire, Leeds has canal links to both coasts, and the Yorkshire coal fields lie nearby. It is the site of Leeds University as well as the 12th-century Kirstall Abbey ruins and Temple Newsom, once a mansion of the Knights Templar.
See also: England.