The Ancient Parish of LEEDS

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"LEEDS, a market and parish-town, in the lower-division of Skyrack, liberty of Pontefract; 8 miles from Harewood and Dewsbury, 9 from Wakefield, 10 from Bradford and Otley, 11 from Aberford, 13 from Pontefract, 15 from Ferrybridge, 16 from Harrogate, Wetherby, and Huddersfield, 16 from Tadcaster, 18 from Knaresborough, 20 from Selby, 25 from York, 194 from London. Markets, Tuesday and Saturday, for woollen cloth, provisions, &c. Fairs, July 10 and 11, for horses and pedlary ware; November 8 and 9, for horned cattle, &c. Bankers, the Old Bank, Messrs. Beckett, Blayds, and Co. draw on Messrs. Sir R.C. Glynn, and Co. 12, Birchin Lane; New Bank, Messrs. Fields, Greenwood, and Co. draw on Messrs. Curtis, Roberts, and Co. 15, Lombard Street; Commercial Bank, Messrs. J. & W. Perfect, and G. Smith, draw on Messrs. Sir J. Lubbock, and Co. 11, Mansion House Street; Union Bank, Messrs. Nicholson, Brown, and Co. draw on Messrs. T. & S. Nicholson, Janson, and Co. 32, Abchurch Lane. Principal Inns, Hotel, White Horse, Bull and Mouth, Golden Lion, Rose and Crown, and Kings Arms. Pop. 48,603. There are five Churches, the Parish Church, called the Old Church, is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Peter, in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, £38. 0s. 2½d. To which there are 25 Patrons. St. Johns Church (see Churches for photograph), is a perpetual curacy, value, p.r. £120. Patrons, the Vicar of the Old Church, the Mayor, and three senior Aldermen. The Holy Trinity is a perpetual curacy. Patrons, the Vicar and Curate of St. Johns, and the Recorder of Leeds. St. Paul's is a perpetual curacy, value, p.r. ~£120. It was built by the Rev. Miles Atkinson, who has the Patronage for two turns, then the Vicar of St. Peters. St. James Chapel, built by the Rev. . King, who possesses the same right to presentation as is given over St. Paul's. There are also two Churches now building, under the Million Act." (There is further information for Leeds).

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Allerton Gledhow
  • Allerton Grange
  • Armley
  • Beeston
  • Bramley
  • Burley
  • Burmantofts
  • Buslingthorpe
  • Chapel Allerton
  • Coldcotes
  • Farnley
  • Farnley Moorside
  • Gipton
  • Great Wood House
  • Headingley
  • Holbeck
  • Hunslet
  • Hunslet Lane
  • Kirkstall Abbey
  • Knowsthorpe
  • Little Wood House
  • Meanwood
  • Mill Shaw
  • Moor Allerton
  • Moor Grange
  • New Grange
  • Osmondthorpe
  • Potternewton
  • Rigge
  • Royds
  • Sheepscar
  • Skelton
  • Stanningley
  • Tenters
  • Weetwood Hall
  • Wither
  • Wood House Carr
  • Wortley

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]






  • Here are photographs of Churches within the Ancient Parish of Leeds:
  • The following Churches have their own websites:
    • St. Oswald's, Highbury (closed in 2002).
    • You will find a history and photographs of St. Bartholomew's Church, Armley on the Armley Schulze Organ Home Page, along with other information.
    • South Parade Baptist Church, Headingley
    • St Michael & All Angels, St Michael's Road, Headingley
    • The Reformed Baptist church website says "that they have outgrown their meeting place and now meet at the West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds."
      This is a former school now used by the council for a variety of purposes (including headquarters of Leeds Schools Music Support Services, rehearsal space for 2 professional music organisations The Northern Ballet Theatre & Opera North, and amateur organiations such as Leeds Festival Chorus and West Riding Opera).

Church History


Church Records

  • Susan Johnson has transcribed an advertisement from White's 1837 Gazetteer for a Retreat near Leeds, for the reception and recovery of persons afflicted with disorders of the mind.

Description & Travel







You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE300335 (Lat/Lon: 53.796948, -1.546038), Leeds which are provided by:


Memorial Inscriptions


Names, Geographical

  • The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
    • (SE294313) Beeston Hill
    • (SE291295) Beeston Park Side
    • (SE265307) Beeston Royds
    • (SE312291) Belle Isle
    • (SE344358) Brooklands
    • (SE299394) Camps Town
    • (SE324323) Cross Green
    • (SE269314) Far Royds
    • (SE252335) Gamble Hill
    • (SE318369) Gledhow
    • (SE271322) Green Side
    • (SE325347) Harehills
    • (SE252371) Hawksworth
    • (SE256345) Hill Top
    • (SE307308) Hunslett Carr
    • (SE234335) Hough Side
    • (SE262385) Ireland Wood
    • (SE265356) Kirkstall
    • (SE270388) Lawnswood
    • (SE294368) Miles Hill
    • (SE245357) Moorside
    • (SE307386) Moortown
    • (SE246310) New Farnley
    • (SE246346) New Scarbro
    • (SE282330) New Wortley
    • (SE327363) Oakwood
    • (SE253356) Sandford
    • (SE234338) Swinnow Moor
    • (SE257342) Upper Armley
    • (SE240304) Upper Moor Side
    • (SE272377) Weetwood
    • (SE262377) West Park
    • (SE240361) Whitecote
    • (SE290353) Woodhouse

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