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A place where the past lives on


The society was founded in 1973 as Pudsey Civic Society, a voluntary organisation tasked to further the past, present, and future interests of the borough of Pudsey and it's environment.  Our name was changed in recent years to a unified form as knowledge of the old borough, (Calverley, Farsley, Rodley, Stanningley, Fulneck & parts of Tyersal), fades.


A little about us

Pudsey & District Civic Society has an extensive archive of donated historical items, documents, and photographs, however we do not hold formal records.


We welcome enquiries regarding any items we hold and we will gladly accept any future donations of items related to the rich past of Pudsey and the surrounding areas, as our large collection continues to grow.


You can speak to us directly on Friday mornings at Pudsey Library, 10am - 12pm, and we are always happy to see new members at our regular monthly meetings at Pudsey House, (LS28 7BE), every 3rd Thursday of the month.


At our meetings, we hold talks on interesting local subjects as well as walks or visits during the summer months.

About us

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 at Pudsey House.


Background Pudsey & Calverley

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.

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.

Surrounding areas

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Become a member

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Browse our collection of books & other items

Click to browse our large collection of books & other items available for purchase online.


Get in touch

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Pudsey & District Civic Society

PO Box 146


LS28 8WY


Registered Charity

No: 502745


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