The Society was founded in 1957 to record and preserve the history of Aireborough, which consists of:-
- Hawksworth and the area which was covered by Menston Hospital
Wednesday 1st April 2020
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Public transport in our area developed rapidly in the 1800s, from clothiers walking to Leeds to the cloth markets with bolts of woollen cloth on their heads to the rail and bus service we access now.
In the 1890s enterprising men such as Powell Midgeley ran horse bus or waggonette services from Yeadon to the station at Apperley Bridge.
Trams reached the area from 1909, then the petrol engine arrived.
Many individual operators set themselves up with one or a few vehicles to provide regular transport on selected routes through the district, many of these survived only for a short time.
The legendary Samuel Ledgard proved to be an exception; his company thrived making a big contribution with his reliable services on local routes.
Later the red West Riding Road Car Co vehicles became a familiar sight as they rattled their way through Aireborough.
Research & text by Christine Lovedale.