Yeadon

Yeadon is a small town situated between Leeds and Guiseley. It is within easy distance to the famous Yorkshire Dales National Park.

A Brief History:

It derives its name from the Old English meaning “steep hill”. The history of Yeadon 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 central to the development of the area.

From the early 1800s industry took over from farming and the town became well known 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.

Early Transportation:

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.

Local Features:

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The Town Hall

Among its most important features is the Town Hall which was built in 1880 by Leeds born William Hill. It is a Grade II listed building.
The building is still important to Yeadon today and hosts theatre shows, local events and fairs. It still remains at the hub of community life here.

Local Attractions:

Yeadon Tarn

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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.

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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 High Street:

The historic town of Yeadon has many of its original old buildings and the high street retains much of its original character.

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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.