About Leeds


Leodis – a fantastic collection of photographs of old Leeds

The Thoresby Society: The historical society for Leeds and District.  There is a wealth of information accessed via the sidebar on their website, including a Leeds Timeline; Pictures (photos, paintings, engravings, etc); Townships; a Leeds ‘Dictionary’ etc.

The Secret Library: Leeds Libraries Heritage Blog

Map of Leeds and Rothwell, surveyed 1846-47 – from the National Library of Scotland

Martin & Tallis map of Leeds, 1851 – from the David Rumsey Map Collection site

The streets of Leeds in 1821 – from GENUKI. Really helpful to read through for when you can’t read the street name on an old record.

Stranger’s Guide to Leeds in 1830: very enlightening video of an illustrated lecture given (during Lockdown 2020) by Dr Kevin Grady.  Hosted by Leeds Civic Trust in association with The Thoresby Society.

Directory of Victorian Photographic Studios in Leeds: a fantastic resource that has helped me to date some photos to within a very short timeframe.

List of Maps of Leeds held at Leeds Central Library: a pamphlet listing the maps to be found in the Local & Family History section.

West Yorkshire Archives Service Tithe Maps listing

Yorkshire Historical Dictionary