Aireborough Historical Society

The Society was founded in 1957 to record and preserve the history of Aireborough, which consists of:-
  • Yeadon
  • Guiseley
  • Rawdon
  • Carlton
  • Hawksworth
  • Esholt
  • High Royds - Hospital

May 2022

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Aireborough Historical Society holds monthly (usually 2nd Thursday) speaker events on a variety of topics. For details of the next event.

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Back-Chat spoken history

The Back-Chat Collection
A collection of interviews with mainly Aireborough folk on a whole host of subjects which is added to every week.




The  AHS Collection 24th June  2022



Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church 1878-1966

This Chapel overlooked Leeds Road and was built in 1878, in 1891 an organ from Peterborough Cathedral was installed at a cost of £418.
There were seats for 400 people to worship, it closed in 1964 when problems with dry rot were found .
Val Ryan (nee Hoare) recalls " When the 'National' school burnt down January 23rd 1951 (rebuilt as St Peter's, Rawdon Town Street) the pupils were rehoused in the hall at Greenhill Methodist Church.  It was a huge church with a large hall plus stage, kitchens and rooms above.  The grounds were enormous and a delight for playing hide and seek as there were many large holly bushes, they were also on the very steep drive which led to Over Lane."



     It was demolished in 1966, however if you look carefully Stone gate pillars which were once the entrance to the church on Leeds Road  are still there, and the old graveyard is still there off Over Lane.



Have you a favourite photograph on our website that you would like to see as photo of the week on the AHS Home Page?
If so, please let Jack Brayshaw know the photo index number via email to: 



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Whilst the AHS website contains a wealth of information it does not contain all the photos, documents and maps which we hold.

Grateful thanks to Carlo Harrison who instigated digitising the collection and created this AHS website.

For further information or for questions on specific items please contact our archive team