Aireborough Historical Society

1762 Ancient Remains Found Yeadon




Title
Ancient Remains Found
Date November 1762
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
X240
Comment

Leedes November 23      

        A few days ago, as some labourers were removing the Earth from a stone quarry at Yeadon, in the Parish of Guiseley, belonging to Christopher Hird Esq, they dug up a large Earthenware Urn.

Of curious workmanship, filled with burnt Bones and Ashes, supposed to have been deposited there by the Romans when they were Masters of this Island, which is upwards of 1,300 years ago.


Further information by Christine Lovedale

  The Hird family lived in the Lane Head area of Rawdon, there were several Christopher Hirds, the 3rd of that name built Lane Head House in 1765.

Their property also included sandstone quarries in the vicinity so it is probable that the urn was discovered in Rawdon rather than Yeadon.

      Philomen Slater in his history "The Ancient Parish of Guiseley" refers to this discovery and compares the description to a find made in Halifax by a Mr Watson "The urn is eight inches deep, stands upon a base four inches in diameter and where there is no moulding is from twenty one to twenty three inches in circumference".

Slater also states that he searched museums in York and Leeds in an attempt to find the urn without success.

 

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