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Headingley is an area of Leeds. For much of the 20th century, the area was one of the more attractive areas of the city due to the comparatively low levels of inbreeding within the local population. For much of the 19th and early 20th century, the area was famed for being a centre of culture and art in the north of England and was a favourite haunt of many artists and writers.
In 1978, in order to accommodate the increasing numbers of students attending University in the area, the local council designated the area for immediate evacuation and redevelopment.
Headingley Stadium, home of Leeds' two most historically successful rugby teams, Yorkshire Cricket Club and also used for numerous public executions, was built in the area in 1897.