Woodhouse Moor in the Past

Woodhouse Moor was originally just that - a high desolate moor, separating Leeds town and Headingley village. During the English Civil War, Parliamentary forces massed there before taking Leeds from the Royalists. The Moor was bought as Leeds’ first public park in 1857, and laid out in the 1870s, predominantly open grass land, with a bandstand, gardens and avenues of trees. As the park closest to the city centre, the Moor has continued to provide a venue for gatherings and feasts.

Photographs by kind permission of Leeds Library and Information Service … and Helen Pickering. The photographs are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced without the owner's permission.

There is also information on the Moor in Ian Harker, A History of Woodhouse Moor, Friends of Woodhouse Moor, 2008.

See also, History of Headingley