- Rawdon, West Yorkshire
infobox UK place
country = England
map_type= West Yorkshire
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
constituency_westminster= Leeds North West
postcode_district = LS19
dial_code= 0113 250
static_image_caption=St Peter's Church, Rawdon
Rawdon is a village within the
City of Leeds metropolitan borough, in West Yorkshire, England.
Claims to fame
* Rawdon is famous as being the home town of
cricketers Brian Closeand Hedley Verity.
Benton Park Schoolin Rawdon is used as a fictional location in the soap opera" Emmerdale".
* Rawdon is situated next to Yeadon, where
Leeds Bradford International Airportis located.
*William Thompson, a
Quakerfrom Rawdon, is claimed to have been the first wool merchantin the country to import Australian wool(in 1808). [Rigg, Martin. "Round and About Aireborough Vol. 3", 1990.] He lived in a housecalled "The Mount" situated between Town Street and Layton Avenue, which was formerly known as Back Lane. There is still an active Quaker meeting in Rawdon in the original building, built in 1697.
Frazer Hinesex " Doctor Who" actor, and ex-" Emmerdale" star, used to live in the Little London area of Rawdon. Originally from nearby Horsforth
Areas of interest
Rawdon Billingis a well known local landmark that can be seen from a considerable distance.
Rawdon has a conservation area called Little London which lies to the westernmost area of Rawdon. Little London
conservation areais unique in that the historic area covered by the designation straddles the boundary of the district and one of its neighbours, Bradford. This area was, until the local government reorganisation in 1974, part of a district called Aireboroughwhich was arbitrarily divided between Leeds and Bradford during reorganisation.The portion of the conservation area lying in Leeds was designated in 1975 and was extended in 1988. The portion of the conservation area lying in Bradford was designated in 1977. The Bradford designation centres on Lane Head House, built for the steward of EsholtHall Estate c1710-1720, with its associated cottages, and outbuildings and other mainly late eighteenth century development completing the designation.Little London is at the westernmost tip of the contiguous urbanised settlement of Rawdon which coalesces with Guiseley, the centre of which is approximately 1.5km to the northeast of the conservation area. Greengates, and the edge of the Bradford urban area, is 2km to the south of Little London. The area to the west of the conservation area is rural Green Belt, with Esholt village lying 2km to the west of Little London in the Green Belt.
There are many other places throughout the UK known as
* [http://www.leedsquakers.org.uk The Leeds Quakers Website] . The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Leeds, Otley, Gildersome, Rawdon & Ilkley
* Rawdon was in this parish
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