Almhouses, Annotations and Murder: Spending Time with Parish Registers

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library The parish register – the list made in a church of the people who have been baptised, married or buried there – is one of the most useful tools for family history, especially for the period prior to the arrival of the civil registration process in 1837. They’re usually used to identify…

Unexpected Perspectives #5

by Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library There are plenty of reasons to visit the Carriageworks Theatre on Millennium Square this month, the main one being that their production of Aladdin, the city’s only traditional pantomime, begins on Friday and runs right through to 9 January. Another reason is to take advantage of…

Unexpected Perspectives #4

by Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library Now that the remodeling work has finished on the new sandwich shop, Simply Eat, next-door to the traditional Headrow pub, the Horse and Trumpet, it’s safe to once again poke your nose through that rather arty circular gate to the rear of the City Varieties Music Hall….

Unexpected Perspectives #3

by Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library We’re back causing trouble in city centre shops again this week, squeezing ourselves around an upstairs window display to get an elevated view of one of Leeds’s busiest retail routes, Briggate. You’ll need to ride the escalator or lift to the first floor of clothes shop…

Unexpected Perspectives #2

By Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library Now is the time to wander down to the West Yorkshire Playhouse and take advantage of a relatively unobstructed view straight up Eastgate to the Headrow. Once the new multi-storey car park of the currently under-construction Victoria Gate shopping centre is complete (it’s due to…

Unexpected Perspectives #1

By Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library Climb to the top of the Bridgewater Place building, Sky Plaza or Pinnacle and you’re going to get some pretty great views of our fine city – as well as a stitch. But there’s also plenty of easily accessible places offering equally impressive fresh takes on…