Thursday, October 22, 2020

Mark's History

Mark’s History: Memories of Pudsey’s town mayor in the 50s

When Kathryn Morgan got in touch with me to tell me she had been sorting through some old family photos and other...

Mark’s History: Denison Hall – the ‘grandest’ house in West Leeds?

The information for this blue plaque must have been written by an estate agent, writes Mark Stevenson. To say...

Mark’s History: Newlay Stone Bridge’s past – and a lovely view too!

Newlay Stone Bridge number 221 is the oldest bridge in Newlay, something I think people forget when they talk about the younger...

Mark’s History: How Bramley’s McLaren Fields got its name

The street McLaren Fields in Bramley is not so called because of the rugby ground that once stood there where Bramley Rugby...

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...