Pudsey's Golden Thread

For such a small town, Pudsey has a very rich history. Throughout the history of the town, many notable figures have played a huge part in the Pudsey that we see today and contributed to the many well-known developments within. The Golden Thread is here to reveal just how far back the origins of Pudsey can be traced. Scroll down to start your journey.

600 AD

Origins of name

Anglian origin of the name of places ending in "ley", "sey" etc.

632 AD

York Minster Founded

709 AD

Calverley Church consecrated

1086

Domesday Survey on Pudsey recorded

Ilbert (de Lacie - one of William the Conqueror's Generals) now has it.

1087

Land held

Pagan de Pudsey, Lord of Pudsey, held the land until 1135. He had two sons, Geoffrey de Pudsey, who became Lord of Pudsey, and Hugh de Pudsey, who was elected Bishop of Durham.

1147-1153

Kirkstall Abbey founded

The Abbey was founded by Henri de Lacie.

30/12/1153

Hugh de Pudsey consecrated

Hugh de Pudsey was consecrated by the Pope himself at Rome

1153

First Pudsey Manor House built

Richard de Pudsey, or a descendant, built the first Pudsey Manor House

1154

Geoffrey de Pudsey marries

Geoffrey de Pudsey married Agnes, daughter and heir of Robert de Tireshall, Lord of Tireshall. This was probably the cause of the hamlet of Tyersall becoming part of the township of Pudsey.

1280

Land given to Kirkstall Abbey

Adam Sampson de Pudsey gave 5 acres of land to Kirkstall Abbey.

1316

The "Nomina Villarum" survey

The "Nomina Villarum" survey (of Lords of the Manor of towns and villages in Yorkshire) names Johannes de Calverlay for Calverley and Puddesay, Ricardus for Ferslai and Ricardus de Tong for Tong.

1322

Scotch Army wintered at Morley

A division of the Scotch Army wintered at Morley and made a second descent into Pudsey and district.

1361

Estimated population of Pudsey is 125

1463

Ralph Pudsey sheltered King Henry VI at Bolton near Gisburn.

1535

Pudsey Chapel of Ease value recorded

Pudsey Chapel of Ease (at Chapeltown) had its value of living recorded as £10 15s.

15/12/1588

Rev. Elkanah Wales M.A. is born at Idle

For 50 years he was minister at Pudsey Chapel and was continually resisting many enticing offers to move to other parts of the country.

1604

Calverley Hall tragedy

1605

Walter Calverley "pressed to death"

Walter Calverley was "pressed to death" for murdering his own children. It is said that his body was afterwards removed to Calverley and re-instated in the family vault at Calverley Church by torchlight.

1606

John Crossley and Thos. Whiteley were recorded as wardens at Pudsey.

1615

Robert Clarkson estates

Robert Clarkson, a Puritan and Yeoman and distinguished Bradford resident, owned large estates in Bradford, Manningham, Idle and Pudsey.

1636

Calverley Overseers or Town's Books begin from this year.

1641

Many public fasts in Pudsey Chapel.

1642-1643

Outbreak of Plague in Pudsey and District.

1645

Cromwell's men billetted on Calverley Moor

About 400 of Cromwell's men and as many horses were billetted on Calverley Moor

1645

West Riding Quarter Session tax levy

West Riding Quarter Sessions levied a tax to raise money for those townships visited by the plague; £1 relief was awarded to Pudsey.

1660

Ann Wales, first wife of Elkanah Wales passes away

Ann Wales, first wife of Elkanah Wales passes away on May 16th. She is interred in the crypt of the Chapel of Ease - 200 years later her tombstone was moved to the Parish Church Graveyard.

1662

Great wind storm strikes Pudsey

1662

Fairfax's Army encamped at Uppermoor, Pudsey.

1662

Elkanah Wales ejected

Elkanah Wales, described as a "moderate Presbyterian" was unable to submit to the Act of Uniformity and was ejected from the Chapel of Ease.

1663

Robert Milner purchases Pudsey Manor

Robert Milner purchased Pudsey Manor and estates from Walter Calverley. His son, Tempest Milner, was a citizen and merchant tailor, and Alderman of London and his son became Consul at Lisbon.

1664

Executions on Chapeltown Moor, Pudsey

1668

Rev. Oliver Heywood preached at Pudsey

1669

Death of Rev. Elkanah Wales aged 80

1674

Great snowstorm

Great snowstorm began about 8 a.m. and continued for 4 days in Bradford and District.

1683

Earthquake shock felt at Pudsey

1690

William Lepton's barn registered

The late William Lepton's barn registered at Leeds Quarter Sessions for preaching, becoming the first official Non-conformist Chapel in Pudsey.

1691

Walter Calverley travels from Esholt to London

It took Walter Calverley six days to travel from Esholt to London - catching the York to London coach at Ferrybridge.

1694

House of Abm. Hainsworth registered

The house of Abm. Hainsworth was registered at Pontefract for preaching.

1696

Jas. Thornton of Pudsey dies aged 102 years

1710

Intakes enclosed at Pudsey

1716

Joseph Lepton of Lepton's Charity, dies

1719

The value of living at Pudsey Chapel of Ease is given at £29. Ss. 0d

1724

Daniel Defoe travels through Stanningley and Bramley

Daniel Defoe - the author of "Robinson Crusoe" - travels through Stanningley and Bramley from Bradford to Leeds.

1730

Pudsey's race meeting

Pudsey had its own race meeting and ground and Calverley had a ducking stool.

1736

The wages of a cloth weaver were only 8d a day at Pudsey

1736

William Hey F.R.S. was born at Radcliffe House

William Hey F.R.S. was born at Radcliffe House, Radcliffe Lane, Pudsey. For half a century he held the highest rank among the Professors of medicine and surgery in this part of England. He was one of the founders of Leeds Infirmary and was Mayor of Leeds in 1787 and 1802.

1740

Fulneck was described as a "wild uncultivated common."

1741

54 Pudsey Freeholders went to York Castle to vote

1743

Overseers of the Poor

The Overseers of the Poor for Calverley and Farsley gave Sarah Gray 1/- for a cheese, 1/- for sugar, nutmeg and bread and 10d. for a "peck of malt.

1743

John Wesley records his first visit to the area

John Wesley records his first visit to this area in his Journal; "Tuesday, one of Pudsey would take no denial, so I promised to preach there at eight o'clock. Coming before the hour, we walked to the new house of the Germans (Fulneck), we preached at eight at the place appointed and thence rode to Dewsbury, where was to preach at noon."

1744

Rev. B. Ingham purchases Fulneck

Rev. B. Ingham purchased the wild, uncultivated common at Pudsey called "Fallneck" to form a Moravian Settlement. The name may derive from Fall'n ac or ake, signifying oak.

1744

John Wesley paid his second visit to Pudsey

1744

Overseers of the Poor

The Overseers of the Poor gave Sarah Gray a further 8d. for a pair of stays for her newly-born child and 1s. 6d. for a "pair of cards" for carding wool

1745

Richard Hey LL.D. was born at Pudsey

1747

Sarah Gray received 2s. 6d.

Sarah Gray received 2s. 6d. for bread and ale for the burial of her child

1747

John Riley, eminent mathematician, is born at Old Cotes, Pudsey

John Riley, eminent mathematician, is born at Old Cotes, Pudsey. The son of Samuel Riley, clothier, he was the originator of the "The Leeds Correspondent" and compiled a "History of Leeds and the Neighbouring villages."

1751

Anti-Methodist Riots at Whitecote, Bramley

1753

Toll Bar Riots at Pudsey

Toll Bar Riots at Pudsey and the Leeds and Bradford Road Toll Bar was destroyed

1755

Enclosure of Common Lands for Calverley cum-Farsley

1760

Nesbit Hall, Pudsey, was built

Nesbit Hall, Pudsey, was built by Claud Nesbit, a merchant of London

1764

28th July Birth of Samuel Marsden at Bagley, Farsley.

1764

Benjamin Latrobe born at Fulneck

Birth of Benjamin Latrobe at Fulneck Moravian settlement. Architect and civil engineer who established architecture as a profession in the United States. Notable for designing the first White House at Washington DC.

1768

Mary Hey

Mary Hey left the interest on £100 for "The Teaching of such Poor Children belonging to the Township of Pudsey to read as my children shall nominate."

1769

Dicky Birdsall thrown out of bed by evil spirit

Dicky Birdsall, a local preacher, visited Calverley and was supposed to have been thrown out of bed by an evil spirit in Widow Overend's house.

1770

The first Baptist Chapel built at Farsley

1771

Samuel Fenton, served as Constable, in Pudsey

1772

Poet John Edwards born

5th Dec. John Edwards, poet, born at Fulneck

1773

First Wesleyan Meeting House built

First Wesleyan Meeting House built in Pudsey on the corner of Manor House Street and Robin Lane.

1774

John Wesley preached in Pudsey

1775

Benjamin Schofield finds one hundred silver coins

Benjamin Schofield found one hundred silver coins, many of them dated prior to Julius Caesar, in a cave on Pudsey Common

1775

1st Oct. Calverley Bridge destroyed by flood

1777

Serious outbreak of smallpox in Pudsey

1779

Elizabeth, widow of Dan Owlcotes, died aged 105 years and buried at Calverley

1780

A Horn Blower was employed to rouse people at Bramley

1781

Wesleyan Society prosperous and now the biggest in the Bradford circuit

1783

Samuel Ryley, eminent mathematician, born at Pudsey

1789

A 1/- in the £ rate levied at Pudsey

1793

Samuel Marsden ordained

Samuel Marsden was ordained by Royal Mandate and appointed by Special Commission as Chaplain to the New Settlement at Sydney, Australia.

1794

First Independent Chapel at Pudsey erected

1798

Seven mills existed in Pudsey and were turned by horse power

1798

Richard Oastler, the factory king, was born at Leeds and educated at Fulneck School

1799

Meeting of Town Committee

Meeting of Town Committee. Ordered "from and after this day no less than fifteen pounds shall be paid by any person within the township of Pudsey, in lieu of taking a parish apprentice."

1801

Census of Pudsey

Census of Pudsey, 4,422 persons; number of inhabited houses 850; uninhabited houses 44.

1801

Gibraltar Mills, Pudsey, were erected

Gibraltar Mills, Pudsey, were erected by Joseph Thackrah and Fairfax Carlisle.

1802

Town's Committee

Town's Committee resolve to "discontinue the Pudsey Poorhouse, the occupants to be disposed of as soon as possible."

1802

Agreement reached with John Cooper

Agreement was reached with John Cooper the elder of Littlemoor to board and feed the paupers turned out of the poorhouse.

1802

Birth of William Huggan, influential cloth maker and social reformer at Lowtown.

1807

Lower Wesleyan Sunday School was commenced

Lower Wesleyan Sunday School was commenced on Lane End in a house occupied by Mr. John Sugden, hand-loom weaver.

1807

Formation of an "Association for the Prosecution of Felons"

Formation of an "Association for the Prosecution of Felons" which operated as a private insurance scheme. Members paid a minimum of 5/- a year to employ a person to apprehend any offender against a member's property and to pay the cost of prosecution.

1807

Slave Trading abolished

1807

Samuel Marsden brought to England the first wool to be exported from Australia

1807

117 persons went from Pudsey to York to vote

117 persons went from Pudsey to York to vote. The candidates were William Wilberforce, Lord Milton and the Hon. Henry Lascelles (Earl of Harewood).

1807

William Boyes opens Sunday school

William Boyes opened a Sunday school on a voluntary basis in his own house in Driver's Fold, Fartown.

1939

Emergency shelter created

As war looms Pudsey mobilises into ARP and AFS sections, the Swimming Baths are converted into an emergency shelter

1940

Dunkirk survivors arrive

Pudsey receives many survivors of the Dunkirk evacuation, who are mostly billeted in peoples homes

1940

Child evacuees homed

The first wave of child evacuees find safe homes in Pudsey

1941

Bomb hits greenside

Homes in Greenside are demolished by a German bomb during the "Leeds Blitz"

1943

HMS Saladin adopted

Pudsey officially adopts HMS Saladin - she serves with honour during the D-Day landings

1944

More child evacuees homed

The second wave of child evacuees (from the German V weapons) find safe homes in Pudsey

1954

End of rationing

1962

Uppermoor Mill opens

Uppermoor Mill opened - the last of the textile mills to open in the District

1967

Stanningley Bypass preparation begins

The building of the Ring Road to create the Stanningley Bypass meant the demolition of the New Scarborough district and the bisection of the Owlcotes fields to Dawsons Corner

1968

Bus companies nationalised

Nationalisation of private bus companies completes, we lose Samuel Ledgards, Kitchen and Son and Farsley Omnibus amongst others

1969

Fulneck Moravian Museum opened

Fulneck Moravian Museum opened to house a collection of Moravian memorabilia

1970

Picture House converted

The Picture House cinema becomes a Fine Fare supermarket

1972

England retains Ashes

England Captain Ray Illingworth helps England retain the Ashes at home in a drawn series

1974

Pudsey Civic Society formed

Pudsey Civic Society formed to help preserve the Borough heritage

1974

Giles Shaw becomes MP

Giles Shaw (Cons) becomes the new MP for the Pudsey Constituency, holding the seat for 23 years

1976

Heatwave melts Pudsey

A record breaking heat wave brings stand pipes to the streets of Pudsey

1977

Queen's Silver Jubilee

Pudsey along with the Nation celebrates the Queen's Silver Jubilee

1977

Pudsey Congs purchases Britannia ground

Pudsey Congs purchase the Britannia ground, and revamp it into a top class cricket pitch

1985

Conservation Area established

Pudsey Conservation area established to protect the character of the Town centre

1986

Asda Fartown demolished

Asda at Fartown demolished to be replaced by houses and the new store at Owlcotes

1991

Pudsey Pacers established

Pudsey Pacers Running Club was established and also host the annual Pudsey 10K Challenge

1992

Cricket League centenary

Pudsey Sunday Schools Cricket League celebrates its centenary

1993

Beer Festival first held

CAMRA Leeds Beer festival is held for the first time at Pudsey Civic Hall

1997

Sir Giles Shaw retires

Pudsey MP, Sir Giles Shaw retires from politics

2005

Matthew Hogard plays his part

Former Pudsey Congs fast bowler Matthew Hoggard helps England win the Ashes

2007

Bendy Bus arrives

Metro introduce the bus rapid transit FTR service, aka the "Bendy bus" on Route 4 'Olive Line' between Pudsey and Seacroft

2008

Pudsey Rotary finishes

After 55 years, Pudsey sadly loses the Pudsey Rotary after 55 years of charitable service

2010

Bus Station opens

Pudsey's new bus station is opened with its award winning aluminium roof, the one way system re-configured for the FTR "Bendy bus"

2010

Centenary of the Scouts and Guides

2012

Bendy Bus cancelled

The FTR "Bendy bus" is cancelled on the N°4 route and moved to the flatter N° 72 route

2013

Pudsey Runner's Club established

Pudsey Runners running club was formed in 2013 and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Pudsey Bowling, Running and Table Tennis Club

2017

Final Beer Festival

The CAMRA Leeds Beer festival is held for the final time at Pudsey Civic Hall

2018

2p Challenge

The 2p challenge, held at the Leisure Centre successfully supports Children in Need with a giant Pudsey Bear covered in 2p's

2018

Revamped Christmas Lights event

The revamped Christmas Lights switch on is a massive success, including lines of Christmas trees on the shop fronts

2019

First Scarecrow Festival

The first Scarecrow festival held in 2019 captures the public imagination

2020

PSL 175h Anniversary

Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club celebrates its 175th anniversary.

2021

Trim Trails created

Queens Park, Swinnow and Tyersal Parks are updated with outside gym equipment and new trim trails added