Calverley Wells Revisited

Calverley Town Wells in spring 2014 – totally flooded

Calverley Town Wells in spring 2014 – totally flooded

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Geoffrey Morris, a correspondent in Wales who is researching his family tree. He writes:

Christopher Keighley and his second wife, Elizabeth née Wade, lived in Well Close, Calverley, in 1881, with two of their children: Arthur and Anne, my mother’s mother. I’ve just come across your website, and wonder whether you can tell me anything about Well Close: exactly where it is, and perhaps even a photo!

It’s a very interesting problem and one to which I don’t think I can provide a solution. I’ve had a look at a couple of sources only to draw a blank, but readers might like to follow the same process themselves just to see if I’ve missed anything.

I started by looking at Tracks in Time  which will allow you to search the Leeds Tithe Maps in a variety of ways and to compare the results with modern maps and aerial photographs. This gives me the location of two groups of fields called Well Close in Calverley Township. One is situated at SE 209 351, the other on SE 193 346. According to the 1880s O. S. map there is no habitation at either site so these are unlikely to be the one Geoffrey is interested in.

The Leodis database , an index of old images of Leeds also offers no matches either.   Neither does a modern A-Z. So I guess I’m stumped. Perhaps someone else can help out.

For more information about the historic wells of Calverley see:

Calverley Town Wells

 More about wells in Calverley


Meanwood Valley: a guided walk on July 13th 2014

Witch Stone, Meanwood Park

Witch Stone, Meanwood Park

I have been asked by the Wheelwright Archaeological Society to lead a guided walk around the Meanwood Valley (Leeds, UK) on the afternoon of July 13th. The walk starts from the Meanwood Park car park at 2.00 and will last approximately 1½- 2 hours. The walk is fairly easy going apart from a short but steep uphill stretch along Parkside Road. The walk will feature the history of the Leeds tanning industry, the development of the park and other aspects of the Heritage of Meanwood.

All are welcome.