Ey up! Come on in, yer in God's Own Country now...
Yeadon is a small town situated between Leeds and Guiseley in beautiful Yorkshire (we're very proud of it!). It is within easy distance to the famous Yorkshire Dales National Park as well as the stunning heritage site of Saltaire, Bronte country and and array of magnificent landscapes.
A Brief History:
Yeadon derives its name from the Old English meaning “steep hill”. Its history goes back to Roman times and ancient burial grounds have been found here in recent years.
Formerly Yeadon was part of the old Kingdom of Elmet. Later both Saxon and Danish rulers were important here. After the Norman Conquest much of the land in and around the village was taken by the local abbeys although the people of Yeadon were able in the 1300s to win back some of their lands from Kirkstall Abbey.
In early times, sheep farming was dominant and the making up of woollen cloth was essential to the development of the area.
From the early 1800s industry took over from farming and the town became renowned for textile mills and the manufacturing of ladies clothing. By the 20th century the population of Yeadon had increased significantly and had become an established working town.
The railway came to Yeadon in 1894 which enabled both goods and people to be transported to the mills but sadly the line was closed in 1964. Trams were introduced in 1906 and continued to be used until the 1950s.
What became Leeds Bradford Airport was built in the late 1920s and early 1930s on 60 acres of grassland next to the old Bradford to Harrogate road. On 17 October 1931, the airport, which was interchangeably known as Leeds and Bradford Municipal Aerodrome or Yeadon Aerodrome in its early years, was officially opened.
Leeds/ Bradford Airport:
Just on the edge of the town is situated Leeds/Bradford International airport which remains a large employer in the local area.
The Town Hall
Yeadon Tarn is popular both with visitors and residents alike who can enjoy the lake for sailing and fishing. In addition, there is a BMX cycle track close by. Wildlife is encouraged here and the population of the Canada Geese continues to grow.
The High Street:The historic town of Yeadon has many of its original old buildings and the high street retains much of its original character.
The high street is the heart of the local community and accommodates a number of businesses and shops including a weekly outdoor market. You'll find estate agents, hair-dressers, cafes and public houses, a butchers shop, a hardware store, pharmacies and a post office.
Tucked in the middle opposite the Town Hall is my old-fashioned little sweet shop hosting an array of traditional favourites from days gone by along with a massive range of delicious sweet treats including liquorice, toffee, fudge and chocolate and many more besides!
The Aireborough Historical Society has kindly allowed me to publish these wonderful old photographs of the town. Many thanks to them for keeping the history alive.