Mark’s History: Wortley curate’s connections to Elland Road

Elland Road

Words & photos: Mark Stevenson

Fifty odd years or so – before someone decided to build a football stadium here in around 1898 – the land was fields and meadows.

Map of the area from 1889. Image reproduced by permission of National Library of Scotland.

If you look for the ‘little blue man’ on the map it will show you the fields and field names of the land owned by the Curate of Wortley and occupied by a Samuel Blackburn.

The part of the car park where you can go for your COVID jabs covers Wortley Beck.

On the 1841 census, Samuel Blackburn was a pub landlord from Islington, Beeston. He could have been the Landlord of either the New Peacock or Old Peacock Public House as the land was rented on the site of both pubs.


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