People of Leeds #11: Superintendent Henry Baker and his Fire Books

This week Helen Skilbeck looks at a collection of scrapbooks compiled by Superintendent Henry Baker of Leeds Corporation Fire Brigade, covering the period 1870 – 1896. This article is #11 in our People of Leeds series – short biographies of lesser-known contributors to Leeds’ past.  Deep within the stacks in Leeds Central Library are a collection…

People of Leeds #10: Godfrey Wood, Confectioner

A recent blog post by librarian Helen Skilbeck looked at Godfrey Wood’s Victorian Catering Ledger which shows the events his catering business provided food and services for.  This follow-up post, also by Helen, looks in more detail at Godfrey Wood himself. This article is #10 in our People of Leeds series – short biographies of…

People of Leeds #8: Annie Tunnington

The eighth in an occasional series looking at forgotten contributors to the history of Leeds. This week, we tell the story of Annie Tunnington, the ‘Poppy Lady of Leeds’. You can view all entries in this People of Leeds series elsewhere on the blog.  Annie Tunnington of Roundhay began selling poppies in response to the…

People of Leeds #5: Mary Brewer

The fifth in an occasional series looking at forgotten contributors to the history of Leeds. This week, we tell the story of Mary Brewer. You can read more about the history of the circus in Leeds elsewhere on the blog, or view all entries in this People of Leeds series.  Mary Brewer was born in…

People of Leeds #4: Olga Denver

The fourth in an occasional series looking at forgotten contributors to the history of Leeds. This week, we tell the story of Olga Denver, circus-performer and friend to Hollywood stars. You can read more about the history of the circus in Leeds elsewhere on the blog, or view all entries in this People of Leeds series. …

People of Leeds #2: Cedric Clarke

University of Huddersfield history student and library volunteer Haaris Mahmood continues his series of articles for The Secret Library, by looking back over the life of Cedric Clarke: Leeds’ first Councillor of African-Caribbean heritage. This is also the second entry in our occasional People of Leeds series, where we explore the lives and achievements of lesser-known…

People of Leeds #1: Sam, the Newsman

The first in an occasional series looking at forgotten contributors to the history of Leeds. This week, Librarian Antony Ramm tells the story of 19th-century newsagent Samuel Schofield, better known to contemporaries as ‘Sam, the Newsman’… There was once a time – not so very long ago – when visitors to the centre of Leeds…

Who Led Leeds? Case Study #1: Maud Dightam

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library This article also forms #3 in our occasional People of Leeds series – a celebration of lesser-known contributors to the Leeds story.  Many readers will be familiar with the name and the achievements of Alice Bacon, the first woman elected as an MP in Leeds. And…