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Pudsey & District

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of Pudsey & District


Brief background of Pudsey & Calverley

Pudsey has a long history as a busy industrial textile town with many varied places of worship and entertainment. Pudsey was the last borough that was granted a charter by Queen Vic'toria in 1901. It remained a borough until becoming ' part of Leeds in 1974.


The ancient parish of Calverley originally included Pudsey and Farsley and later records are still listed under that heading.


In modern times there is little visible indication of any industry being around in the past, however Calverley Woods has been the site of a ' fireworks factory, and it was also used as an army camp in the past.


Discover more about the history of Pudsey and surrounding areas through our extensive online range of publications, or visit us at Pudsey Library and the Pudsey Wellbeing Centre.


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Surrounding areas

Rodley: The Leeds & Liverpool canal runs through Rodley and has historically benefited the area through it's industrial use, such as engineering works, and more recently through leisure boating.


Stanningley: Situated on the main road between Leeds & Bradford, this area has been a busy industrial region with large engineering and ironworks, along with busy textile mills. The main railway runs through Stanningley.


More areas

Tyersal:  Bradford annexed part of Tyersal into its boundary in 1881, and also tried to engulf Pudsey in 1898.  This prompted a proposal that Pudsey should become a municipal borough.


Farsley:  Historically, this town had many textile mills which closed down over the years and have now been converted into homes and small businesses.


Fulneck:  A self contained moravian settlement mainly comprised of the Moravian church and school.