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The money’s gone – and so have the places for kids to play

“Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons might encapsulate the idealism of a carefree childhood in wide open settings, but around his old home in Hyde Park, Leeds, space is at a premium.

The writer’s old, redbrick villa backs on to a small area of what is now scrubland, an abandoned swimming pool and sports centre – left to crumble behind a high security fence when fee-paying Leeds Girls’ High School upped sticks and joined the middle-class flight to the city’s northern fringes to merge with the boys’ establishment in 2008.” Read more

By Jonathan Brown, The Independent, Saturday August 11th 2012