There's no suggestion that this pit was used for bear-baiting, as some appear to have assumed. This cruel practise was first banned in England by the Puritans during the Civil Wars and Commonwealth (1642–60) and was permanently outlawed by act of Parliament in 1835. The "Victorian" pit in Leeds was living quarters for bears as part of a zoo. Whether or not those quarters were suitable is an entirely different argument, as is the whole issue of the ethos of zoos in general. Returning to the "Victorian bear pit", I have no problem with it being restored as of historical interest. I also feel that the trend to remove now "non PC" items from the public domain achieves the opposite of what is imagined, as we actually need to be reminded of where we got things wrong in the past. Simply air-brushing the unpleasant aspects of our social history works against that, so keep those "historic" examples, but clearly explain their context alongside them. The American philosopher George Santayana can be accurately quoted as saying : “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Well said. History is history and truth is truth whether we like it or not.
I know nothing about this supposed bear pit but presume it must be of historical importance because of what it was used for and, possibly, for its 'architecture', like Roman ampitheatres.