King's Manor, Exhibition Square

King's Manor has had several instances of importance in LGBTQI+ history in the city. 

Early on, it was the site of Anne Lister’s school where she met her first love Eliza Raine with whom she shared a bedroom. Graffiti can be found to this day on the upper floor windows of King’s Manor, which reads “With this diamond I cut this glass, with this face I kissed a lass.” Rumour has it this inscription was done by Anne Lister, but it has not been confirmed. Given the likelihood of a lesbian subculture at the school it is likely of queer origin regardless of its attribution to Anne Lister herself.

Later, the King’s Manor cellars were the site of gay discos held by the Campaign for Homosexual Equality in the 1970s and 80s. Memories are still held by people in the know who attended. An oral-history contributor to the 2017 Castle Museum exhibition remembers much politicking happening on the site of these discos due to how close it was in time to the decriminalisation of homosexuality. He also remembers how much courage he needed to muster up to walk across the King’s Manor Courtyard and enter.