Origins of name
Anglian origin of the name of places ending in "ley", "sey" etc.
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.
Anglian origin of the name of places ending in "ley", "sey" etc.
Pudsey established at about 800 acres and was divided between two powerful Saxon Thanes, or noblemen Dunstan and
Stainulf. But, opposing the Norman Conquest they were dispossessed.
Ilbert (de Lacie - one of William the Conqueror's Generals) now has it.
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.
The Abbey was founded by Henri de Lacie.
Hugh de Pudsey was consecrated by the Pope himself at Rome
Richard de Pudsey, or a descendant, built the first Pudsey Manor House
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.
Adam Sampson de Pudsey gave 5 acres of land to Kirkstall Abbey.
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.
A division of the Scotch Army wintered at Morley and made a second descent into Pudsey and district.
Sir John de Pudsey, Knight, had a daughter, who married Walter Calverley, thus uniting the two manors.
Pudsey Chapel of Ease (at Chapeltown) had its value of living recorded as £10 15s.
For 50 years he was minister at Pudsey Chapel and was continually resisting many enticing offers to move to other parts of the country.
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.
Robert Clarkson, a Puritan and Yeoman and distinguished Bradford resident, owned large estates in Bradford, Manningham, Idle and Pudsey.
About 400 of Cromwell's men and as many horses were billetted on Calverley Moor
West Riding Quarter Sessions levied a tax to raise money for those townships visited by the plague; £1 relief was awarded to Pudsey.
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.
Elkanah Wales, described as a "moderate Presbyterian" was unable to submit to the Act of Uniformity and was ejected from the Chapel of Ease.
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.
Great snowstorm began about 8 a.m. and continued for 4 days in Bradford and District.
The late William Lepton's barn registered at Leeds Quarter Sessions for preaching, becoming the first official Non-conformist Chapel in Pudsey.
It took Walter Calverley six days to travel from Esholt to London - catching the York to London coach at Ferrybridge.
The house of Abm. Hainsworth was registered at Pontefract for preaching.
Non conformist Chapel erected at the top of Chapeltown, on the site of William Lepton's barn
Daniel Defoe - the author of "Robinson Crusoe" - travels through Stanningley and Bramley from Bradford to Leeds.
Pudsey had its own race meeting and ground and Calverley had a ducking stool.
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.
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.
John Nelson introduced Methodism into Pudsey, Count Zinzendorf visited Fulneck to establish a Moravian mission.
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."
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.
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
Sarah Gray received 2s. 6d. for bread and ale for the burial of her child
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."
Toll Bar Riots at Pudsey and the Leeds and Bradford Road Toll Bar was destroyed
A Boarding School was established at Fulneck using stone from Uppermoor quarries, Pudsey. The roof was built using German architecture and building practices of the era.
Nesbit Hall, Pudsey, was built by Claud Nesbit, a merchant of London
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.
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."
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.
5th Dec. John Edwards, poet, born at Fulneck
First Wesleyan Meeting House built in Pudsey on the corner of Manor House Street and Robin Lane.
Benjamin Schofield found one hundred silver coins, many of them dated prior to Julius Caesar, in a cave on Pudsey Common
Samuel Marsden was ordained by Royal Mandate and appointed by Special Commission as Chaplain to the New Settlement at Sydney, Australia.
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."
Census of Pudsey, 4,422 persons; number of inhabited houses 850; uninhabited houses 44.
Gibraltar Mills, Pudsey, were erected by Joseph Thackrah and Fairfax Carlisle.
Town's Committee resolve to "discontinue the Pudsey Poorhouse, the occupants to be disposed of as soon as possible."
Agreement was reached with John Cooper the elder of Littlemoor to board and feed the paupers turned out of the poorhouse.
Lower Wesleyan Sunday School was commenced on Lane End in a house occupied by Mr. John Sugden, hand-loom weaver.
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.
117 persons went from Pudsey to York to vote. The candidates were William Wilberforce, Lord Milton and the Hon. Henry Lascelles (Earl of Harewood).
William Boyes opened a Sunday school on a voluntary basis in his own house in Driver's Fold, Fartown.
Pudsey Park first opened its doors to visitors in 1879 and has since gone on to become the second most visited park in Leeds. With a large play park, skate park and band stand it offers something for everybody.
As war looms Pudsey mobilises into ARP and AFS sections, the Swimming Baths are converted into an emergency shelter
Pudsey receives many survivors of the Dunkirk evacuation, who are mostly billeted in peoples homes
The first wave of child evacuees find safe homes in Pudsey
Homes in Greenside are demolished by a German bomb during the "Leeds Blitz"
Pudsey officially adopts HMS Saladin - she serves with honour during the D-Day landings
The second wave of child evacuees (from the German V weapons) find safe homes in Pudsey
Second Royal Visit to Pudsey: The Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip keep a promise on behalf of her father George VI to return to Pudsey
Uppermoor Mill opened - the last of the textile mills to open in the District
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
Nationalisation of private bus companies completes, we lose Samuel Ledgards, Kitchen and Son and Farsley Omnibus amongst others
Monty Python's "You're No Fun Anymore" featuring New Pudsey railway station, is aired as episode 7
Fulneck Moravian Museum opened to house a collection of Moravian memorabilia
The Picture House cinema becomes a Fine Fare supermarket
Ray Illingworth became the first England captain since Len Hutton in 1954-55 to defeat Australia in Australia
England Captain Ray Illingworth helps England retain the Ashes at home in a drawn series
Pudsey loses its proud independent Borough status by being incorporated into the City of Leeds Metropolitan Borough
Pudsey Civic Society formed to help preserve the Borough heritage
Giles Shaw (Cons) becomes the new MP for the Pudsey Constituency, holding the seat for 23 years
A record breaking heat wave brings stand pipes to the streets of Pudsey
Pudsey along with the Nation celebrates the Queen's Silver Jubilee
Pudsey Congs purchase the Britannia ground, and revamp it into a top class cricket pitch
Pudsey Bear became the mascot of BBCs Children in Need in 1985 after being given the name Pudsey by BBC designer Joanna Lane
Pudsey Conservation area established to protect the character of the Town centre
Asda at Fartown demolished to be replaced by houses and the new store at Owlcotes
1988 saw the welcome return of the Pudsey Carnival
Pudsey Pacers Running Club was established and also host the annual Pudsey 10K Challenge
Pudsey Sunday Schools Cricket League celebrates its centenary
CAMRA Leeds Beer festival is held for the first time at Pudsey Civic Hall
Pudsey MP, Sir Giles Shaw retires from politics
Paul Treswell (LAB) becomes the new MP for the Pudsey Constituency, holding the seat for 13 years
Former Pudsey Congs fast bowler Matthew Hoggard helps England win the Ashes
Metro introduce the bus rapid transit FTR service, aka the "Bendy bus" on Route 4 'Olive Line' between Pudsey and Seacroft
After 55 years, Pudsey sadly loses the Pudsey Rotary after 55 years of charitable service
Pudsey's new bus station is opened with its award winning aluminium roof, the one way system re-configured for the FTR "Bendy bus"
Stuart Andrew (Cons) becomes the new MP for the Pudsey Constituency
The FTR "Bendy bus" is cancelled on the N°4 route and moved to the flatter N° 72 route
Pudsey Runners running club was formed in 2013 and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Pudsey Bowling, Running and Table Tennis Club
Olympics, Nile Wilson became the first British gymnast to win the bronze medal at the horizontal bar event
The CAMRA Leeds Beer festival is held for the final time at Pudsey Civic Hall
Pudsey in Bloom deservedly win gold in Yorkshire in Bloom
The 2p challenge, held at the Leisure Centre successfully supports Children in Need with a giant Pudsey Bear covered in 2p's
Commonwealth Games, Nile Wilson brings home 3 Gold Medals and a Silver
The revamped Christmas Lights switch on is a massive success, including lines of Christmas trees on the shop fronts
Pudsey marks the Centenary of the end of WW1 by unveiling a plaque of over 100 extra names at the Cenotaph
The first Scarecrow festival held in 2019 captures the public imagination
Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club celebrates its 175th anniversary.
Pudsey gets its own micro currency; The Pudsey Pound as part of the Pudsey Lottery.
Queens Park, Swinnow and Tyersal Parks are updated with outside gym equipment and new trim trails added
MyPudsey.co.uk launches to help promote the town of Pudsey, featuring businesses, events, jobs and more.