"Leeds Corporation and the Horsforth and Yeadon
correspondent writes :- a new
development took place last week with respect to the suggested tramway from the
Leeds Corporation boundary through Horsforth and Rawdon to Yeadon.
Joint Tramway Committee appointed by the District Councils of the three
townships have been informed that the Leeds Corporation would not entertain the
idea of extending their tramways beyond the city boundary, but a deputation
which interviewed the Parliamentary Committee of the Corporation last Thursday
came away with the impression that the Corporation were willing to consider the
question of extending their tramway to Henshaw and Yeadon.
At a meeting of
the Joint Tramway Committee at Rawdon on Friday night, the Chairman (Mr R
Brotherton), gave a report practically to the above effect and further stated
that the deputation were given to understand that no syndicate or company - not even the Archangel himself - would be
allowed to go into the city with rolling stock or line.
It was decided
that the Joint Committee should wait upon one of the Corporation Committees
with reference to the question and that the corporation should be asked to
answer the same queries as the private firms who are seeking to carry on the
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling
Further text by Christine Lovedale
District Council had been unable to secure a passenger rail link for the town
and turned their attention to the possibility of the Leeds tramway being
extended to serve the population of the
Local wagonette owners ran a service to Horsforth to enable passengers to
use the trams, Roberts Bros. began a service in 1898 and in 1905 John Wheatley
bought a motor omnibus, unfortunately he could not obtain spare parts and his
It was not
until 10 years after the above newspaper report that the line was extended to
Yeadon in 1909, on May 26th the Chairman of Rawdon Council drove the first tram
from the Leeds boundary to the border with Yeadon at Green Lane, the Chairman
of Yeadon Council then took over and drove it a little further to Henshaw Lane
The townspeople came out in hundreds to witness this momentous event.
They would now be able to travel all the way to Leeds for 4d !
culminated in a "knife & fork" tea in the schoolroom of Benton
Congregational Church (now Trinity Church).
In July 1909 the tramway was
extended further to Oxford Road, Guiseley and later to White Cross which
remained the terminus.
who resided at Micklefield House was so enamoured by the trams that he built himself
a few wooden shelters along the Rawdon section of the route, taking his daily
stroll along New Road he could take his ease or escape in bad weather in his
The last one of these shelters remained until recently on Leeds Road
opposite Layton Lane, it has now (August 2016) been replaced by a standard glass and metal