A Brief History of the Leeds Jewish Community: Part 4

The final entry in a four-part series exploring the history of the Jewish community in Leeds. See our dedicated page for all entries in this series, plus other articles on related subjects. This part focuses on the important people and places for the community over a 150-year period… In his 1964 book Leeds Jewry, Ernest…

Leeds United Part 4: Treasures of the Library

Part four of a four-part series exploring the history of Leeds United, as told through books and other materials held at the Central Library. You can find all of the parts in our dedicated Sport page and all the books mentioned here can be accessed by contacting us on 0113 37 86982 or via localandfamilyhistory@leeds.gov.uk……

A Brief History of the Leeds Jewish Community: Part 3

The third of a four-part series exploring the history of the Jewish community in Leeds. See our dedicated page for all entries in this series, plus other articles on related subjects. This part focuses on culture and sport in the community… Perhaps the foremost cultural figure to emerge from the Leeds Jewish community was Jacob…

Slavery in Yorkshire

This week on the blog we hear from Library Officer Ruairí Lewis about a heated debate between two leading local men in the early 19th-century… In 1830, the ‘Tory Radical’ Richard Oastler sent an open letter to the Leeds Mercury, owned and edited by prominent Leeds liberal Edward Baines (1774-1848), entitled ‘Slavery in Yorkshire’. Oastler…

Leeds United Part 3: The Fan Experience

Part three of a four-part series exploring the history of Leeds United, as told through books and other materials held at the Central Library. You can find all of the parts in our dedicated Sport page and all the books mentioned here can be accessed by contacting us on 0113 37 86982 or via localandfamilyhistory@leeds.gov.uk……

A Brief History of the Leeds Jewish Community: Part 2

The second part of a four-part series exploring the history of the Jewish community in Leeds. See our dedicated page for all entries in this series, plus other articles on related subjects. This week, we’re looking at the importance of religion and welfare in Jewish Leeds society… Places of worship held a central role in…

The Bright Lights of Leeds

This week we welcome guest blogger Bryan Walters. Bryan is a keen historian and creates YouTube videos telling the history of Leeds. Here, with the help of Leodis, he tells us a little bit about life in Leeds. For six pence, at the end of the Victorian period, a working man could enjoy a Turkish…