If you are interested in the general history of Rawdon or the surrounding areas of: -
Please enquire to Aireborough Historical Society details below.
If you have any corrections, observations, or comments with regard to this website please contact C. Willcock via the email
address charleswillcock at btinternet.com. The original book of which 400 copies were printed in August
2000 is out of print.
Aireborough Historical Society
(Founded 1957 as Aireborough & Horsforth Museum Society)
Registered Charity 258326
Where is or was Aireborough?
Aireborough was a name created in 1937 when Rawdon, Yeadon and Guiseley UDCs all in Airedale were amalgamated. In 1974 it became part
of the Leeds Metropolitan District comprising (roughly) LS19 and LS20 Post Codes. The name Aireborough is still retained by a number of
What is or was Aireborough?
Guiseley has St. Oswald's Church certainly (before 1200 and
possibly pre-Conquest) and
which originally included Yeadon, Rawdon
and Horsforth in its Parish. In addition to textile mills there were two nationally known manufacturers - Silver Cross (the "Rolls-Royce
Carriages") and Crompton Parkinson, electrical engineers, - to say nothing of Harry Ramsden's world famous fish and chip palace. It also
has a large
and affluent residential estate, Tranmere Park.
Yeadon was a traditional Victorian textile village - large mills, large chapels, plenty of pubs and a very distinctive Town Hall.
It had many flamboyant characters, a large tarn or dam, and in the 20th Century came the Leeds /Bradford airport and the wartime Avro
Though Rawdon had a few mills, it was and is primarily a residential area. After the railway came to Apperley Bridge in the 1840s the Cragg
Wood area was developed with a number of very large mansions for wool millionaires, together with a convalescent, later orthopaedic, hospital
and also a Baptist Ministers Training College - both now apartments. Rawdon is backed by the Billing, about 700 ft, from which it is said
one can see York Minster the other long distance views on clear days.
There was also a more recent surge of building more modest houses when Leeds City trams came to Rawdon in 1909 and which still continues
today wherever sites can be found.
Though not now well served with railway links the whole area is quartered by two main roads
- A65 Leeds / Kendal and the A658 Bradford / Harrogate, - with their unending streams of traffic,
but they do permit easy access to large and pleasant areas of West Yorkshire. All three areas have been and still are blessed with very
What Happened to the Museum
When originally founded the Society had hopes of creating a small local museum but some years ago it was decided that this was
impractical and to concentrate on educational and social activities and to build up an archive relating to the area.
For any information regarding the: -
Please contact Carlo Harrison E.Mail firstname.lastname@example.org on facebook: Aireborough Historical Society.
The Archives Group
This meets every Monday, except Bank Holidays, and month of August. In Room 27 (behind the Box Office) in Yeadon Town Hall from
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Visitors are very
welcome when members of the Group will endeavour to answer any questions they
might have relating to the history of the district.
Gifts of: -
- Old deeds documents etc.
are gratefully received.
Every Spring the Society organizes a weekend coach tour to visit historic buildings and sites. During the Summer there
are day excursions and organized walks (not too strenuous) and in the Winter a series of monthly talks.
The Society is an informal and friendly Group and welcomes new members. You
do not need a First Class in History though you will not be rejected if you have
one! Why not come and join us?