Old Leeds was to be found in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974 when it became part of the new county of West Yorkshire along with other towns and cities including Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax and Wakefield. Leeds centre featured on sheet 218 of the Ordnance Survey 6″ inch series of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The table below gives a breakdown of the areas covered by the Leeds area map. Brief excerpts are also shown from the Kelly’s Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire 1881 to give a flavour and character of the area.
1920s Leeds Map – Special Edition 1921
Wider Area Leeds Centre Maps – less detailed
|Leeds centre||Yorkshire 218 NW||Burmantofts, Sheepscar, Bagby Fields, Little Woodhouse and Armley|
LEEDs, the chief seat of the woollen manufacture, and the most populous town in the county, is a municipal and parliamentary borough, township and parish, the head of a union and a polling place for the Eastern division of the Riding, in the wapentake of Skyrack and liberty of the honor of Pontefract, diocese of Ripon, archdeaconry of Craven and rural deanery of Leeds; distant from London by the Great Northern railway 185 miles, by the Midland 196, London and North Western 226, from Birmingham, by rail 113 1/, Bradford 8 ¾, Halifax 17, Huddersfield 17, Hull 55 ½, Manchester 42, Liverpool 74, York 31. The river Aire, which rises in the hills near Malham to the north-west, flows through Skipton and Bingley to Leeds, where it becomes navigable, and thence joins the Ouse; in passing through the town. lt is connected with the Leeds and Liverpool canal, thus affording a direct communication by water across the country from the part of Hull to Liverpool. Lines of rail radiate from Leeds towards every important place in the kingdom; the railway stations being commodious and situated in convenient and central localities
There are extensive flax mills; linen, thread, worsted, stuff, canvas, carpet, sacking, rope and boot and shoe manufactories; glass and earthenware works, iron foundries, breweries, tanneries, dye works, machine and railway and other engine works and steam saw mills, besides numerous mills for grinding corn, seed and dye woods. Tobacco also is manufactured to a considerable extent.