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Coordinates: 53°45′51″N 1°31′40″W / 53.7641°N 1.5278°W / 53.7641; -1.5278

Belle Isle
Belle Isle Circus
Belle Isle Circus
Belle Isle is located in West Yorkshire
Belle Isle

 Belle Isle shown within West Yorkshire
Metropolitan borough City of Leeds
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEEDS
Postcode district LS10
Dialling code 0113
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Leeds South
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Belle Isle is a large suburb 4 km (3 miles) to the south of Leeds city centre, West Yorkshire, England. It is bounded to the north and east by the M621 motorway. The district lies in the LS10 Leeds postcode area.

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History

The name "Belle Isle"* might be a pun on Bell Hill (which derives from the distinctive "bell" shaped early coal mining bell pits of the hilly area). *Belle Isle is French for "Beautiful Island". A "Newbell-ile" at Middleton Wood End is mentioned in the Rothwell parish register for 1762.

In the late 18th century Belle Isle was just a small hamlet for workers at a colliery which was located opposite Middleton Woods, near the current site of Middleton colliery railway.

Belle Isle now consists largely of housing estates built on farming land by the local authority housing department during the clearance of slum dwellings and the expansion of Leeds in the early twentieth-century; many of these homes are now in private ownership.

Some of the council estates of Belle Isle are listed below:

  • Petersfield Avenue
  • Windmill Road
  • The Clearings
  • Manor Farm (Though referred to as being in Middleton)
  • Newhall Road
  • Broom's
A view of central Leeds from Belle Isle Road

Socio-economic status

Like the neighbouring communities of Beeston Hill, Holbeck and Middleton, Belle Isle is considered to be amongst the most deprived areas in the country.[1] Examples of disadvantage found in the district include low educational attainment, low skill levels, and concerns about crime, antisocial behaviour and lack of facilities.

Education

Belle Isle has a number of schools. The Merlyn Rees Community High School, situated at the heart of Belle Isle, provided educational facilities for over 2 decades; however in late 2006 the school closed down.

Other Schools in the area are Windmill Primary School (Fly Belle Isle Primary School) situated opposite Merlyn Rees School, and Clapgate Primary School Located on Cranmore Drive (Although it is debated that it classed as Middleton).

Religion

The churches of St. John and St. Barnabas (Anglican) and St. Peter (Roman Catholic) serve the area.

Entertainment

It is the site of the popular Belle Isle Working Mens Club, which hosted many regional and national stars during the 1970s club boom. The club burnt to the ground in 2000, but was subsequently rebuilt.

The celebrity and model Nell McAndrew was born and brought up in Belle Isle.

Amenities

At the heart of the area is a large area of public open land, in the centre of a traffic roundabout, called Belle Isle Circus; this was originally the site of a terminus for trams.

The slag heaps surrounding the former colliery are now being converted into woodland, adjacent to the ancient Semi-natural Woodlands of Middleton Wood.[2]

Location grid

North: Hunslet
West: Beeston Belle Isle, Leeds East: Rothwell
South: Middleton

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