'Winifred' – Leeds, England - Atlas Obscura

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In a small courtyard resides this large mural that draws inspiration from Leeds and its history. 


In a small courtyard in a passageway between York Place and Park Place, resides a mural by Manchester graffiti artist Russell Meecham.

Better known as “Qubek” in the world of street art, he has crafted several notable murals, particularly in his home city where he created the “22 Bee” mural. 

This mural features elements of Leeds’ heritage and is dominated by ‘Winifred,’ an elephant in armor inspired by those on display at the Royal Armouries. Also part of the mural is the traditional white rose of Yorkshire, and on the back of the elephant are historic mills well-known to Leeds. The painting was named after Meecham’s late grandmother. 

Know Before You Go

The mural can be found in a small courtyard, close to the city center. It’s best to park at one of the city center car parks and explore the area on foot. There is access to the courtyard a few doors down if the gate at No. 31 is locked.  

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