Join the new Friends of Becketts Park group

October 12th, 2014 | Posted by Simon Dawson in History | Local Issues | Our Community - (Comments Off on Join the new Friends of Becketts Park group)

Becketts Park is the largest green space serving the Headingley area and is well used for leisure, sport and play and also for parking for various events. There have been many concerns and suggestions for improvements regarding Becketts Park over the last few years. When visiting other parks in the area we see that they …
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Mysterious virtual tour of Kirkstall Abbey set to take place on Twitter

July 15th, 2014 | Posted by Simon Dawson in Events | History | Kirkstall Abbey - (Comments Off on Mysterious virtual tour of Kirkstall Abbey set to take place on Twitter)

The secrets, mystery and intrigue of a 12th century abbey in Leeds are set to be revealed as part of  a special ‘Twitter tour’ taking place next week. In what promises to be a unique experience, fans of the abbey will be able to join a virtual tour on Twitter on Friday 18 July around …
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150 Years of Rugby in Leeds at Abbey House Museum

June 13th, 2014 | Posted by Simon Dawson in Events | History | Sport - (Comments Off on 150 Years of Rugby in Leeds at Abbey House Museum)

Abbey House Museum have just opened a small single case display of items relating to the 150th Anniversary of the first rugby game ever played in Leeds.  This is in partnership with the  Leeds Rugby Foundation Heritage Committee and most of the items are loans from their members, plus a couple of items from our …
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Remembrance Sunday – Photos

November 12th, 2013 | Posted by Simon Dawson in Events | History | Our Community | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Remembrance Sunday – Photos)

A sizeable group of attendees came along to Kirkstall Cenotaph to mark Remembrance Sunday, led by Rev Stephen Kaye. Here’s some photos of the service taken by Val Crompton.

Remembrance Sunday

November 7th, 2013 | Posted by Simon Dawson in Events | History | Kirkstall In Bloom | Our Community - (Comments Off on Remembrance Sunday)

The Abbey Churches Together Remembrance Service will be held at 2.30pm on Sunday 10th November 2013 at Kirkstall Cenotaph on Bridge Road, and will be led by Revd Stephen Kaye of Kirkstall St Stephen’s. The cenotaph has just had four new planters installed by Kirkstall In Bloom, just in time for the service. We hope …
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Mary, the Maid at the Inn

October 28th, 2013 | Posted by Jenny.Budd in History | Kirkstall Abbey - (Comments Off on Mary, the Maid at the Inn)

Mike Harwood, a local historian whose work we have published in past issues of Kirkstall Matters, has again provided us with an insight into local history. This time Mike delves into the suposed local legend of the popular ballad “Mary the Maid of the Inn”, trying to establish whether this was in fact based in …
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Festival of Archaeology comes to Kirkstall Abbey

June 26th, 2013 | Posted by Jenny.Budd in Events | History | Kirkstall Abbey | Kirkstall Festival - (Comments Off on Festival of Archaeology comes to Kirkstall Abbey)

Come and take part in Kirkstall Abbey’s photography trail (photo trail), discovering how the Abbey looked in 1888 and contribute your own pictures of the Abbey today to their Flickr page.  Feel free to use your own imagination to interpret Leeds industrialist Godfrey Bingley’s beautiful photos (see the example opposite and see more on the Flickr …
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Born at the wrong time – a portrayal of Leeds Life by local writer Dave Foxton

June 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Jenny.Budd in History | Kirkstall Matters | Our Community - (Comments Off on Born at the wrong time – a portrayal of Leeds Life by local writer Dave Foxton)

Local writer Dave Foxton, who lives on Kirkstall Avenue has recently published a biography charting the life of another local man Cyril James during WWII. Born and raised in Burmantofts, Cyril James is a fascinating character whose story illustrates some key times in both Leeds and European History. The story of Cyril, who now lives on Cockshott Drive, follows his childhood growing up in the …
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Kirkstall Abbey Light Railway in Pictures

April 27th, 2013 | Posted by Jenny.Budd in History | Kirkstall Abbey | Our Community - (Comments Off on Kirkstall Abbey Light Railway in Pictures)

The KVCA has been provided with some excellent, nostalgic images from the Abbey Light Railway, enjoy!

Horseboating on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

April 8th, 2013 | Posted by Steve.Harris in Events | History - (Comments Off on Horseboating on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal)

The Horse Boating Society is using a horse to tow a barge along the canal this week: Horseboat Elland on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal •   Wed April 10: Leeds to Armley Mills Museum •   Thurs April 11: Armley Mills Museum to Rodley (near Pudsey) •   Friday April 12: Rodley (near Pudsey) …
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Crooked Acres – Mike Harwood History… Full Article KM112

March 30th, 2013 | Posted by Jenny.Budd in History | Kirkstall Matters - (Comments Off on Crooked Acres – Mike Harwood History… Full Article KM112)

As mentioned in KM112, amateur historian Mike Harwood has been researching Kirkstall’s stately home, Crooked Acres. The full article is actually the full historical work that Mike has put together. As it is large I will be publishing it online as it came to me, in three parts. You can read a synopsis below, these …
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Kirkstall Abbey and the Italian Banks… Full Article KM112

March 30th, 2013 | Posted by Jenny.Budd in History | Kirkstall Matters - (Comments Off on Kirkstall Abbey and the Italian Banks… Full Article KM112)

John Battle’s historical article on Kirkstall Abbey and the Italian Banks, in full here on Kirkstall Online: Having moved down from their monastic community in Barnoldswick where “their fruits and grain were repeatedly destroyed by great rains and the badness of the soil”, Abbot Seleth settled  the new Kirkstall Abbey on the hermits’ site in …
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