Thursday, September 24, 2020

Mark Stevenson

Mark’s History: From Armley Gaol hunger strike to the OBE – the radical journey of Leonora Cohen

Leonora Cohen lead an interesting life, writes Mark Stevenson. She was born in 1873 in Hunslet where her...

Mark’s History: A Rodley family’s past unravelled from a Farsley gravestone

Tucked away in the corner of St John's Church Graveyard in Farsley is a gravestone belonging to the Crossley family of Rodley,...

Mark’s History: The Farsley carver who created the famous figures in Thornton’s Arcade

Meet John Wormald Appleyard, one-time resident of Water Lane in 1850s Farsley, writes Mark Stevenson.

Mark’s History: West Leeds connections scratched into Cow and Calf Rocks

Sometimes West Leeds connections can pop up in the most unlikely places, writes Mark Stevenson. If you have...

Mark’s History: The old buildings and ford along a walk in the Kirkstall Valley

I would not say this walk is unspoilt but I would grab it whilst you can, writes Mark Stevenson.

Mark’s History: Armley Hall Vicarage and the changing face of Armley

I wonder what the first Vicar to live in Armley Hall Vicarage felt about the place? writes Mark Stevenson.

Mark’s History: Forgotten past of Armley’s cemetery lodge (which could be yours for £450k)

Francis William Parkinson was born in 1858 at Ramsbottom in Lancashire. He came from a large family of eight children, writes Mark...

Mark’s History: The Wortley man who built a house with a view

I like to think that when James Bateson (a mill owner from Wortley born in 1776) was looking for somewhere to build...

Mark’s History: That ‘monstrous abortion’ – Richardshaw Lane!

So is it Richardshaw Lane, Rickershaw Lane or Ricardshaw Lane? writes Mark Stevenson. On all of the Ordnance Survey...

Mark’s History: From tanneries to tobacco and floods – the rich past (and future) of Thyssen Krupp site

I read a while ago in the WLD that this place is going to be hundreds of flats and the first thing I...

Mark’s History: Forgotten past of Armley Gyratory’s landmark gasometer

A few years ago I was on the number 16 bus on my way to town and as it was almost empty...

Mark’s History: Kirkstall Viaduct (the best looking in Leeds?)

As mills go, Temple Mill in Holbeck has to be one of the best looking in Leeds, writes Mark Stevenson.