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Headingley Hall
Headingley Hall site of a blue plaque

Historic Headingley Hall

Headingley Hall is to be recognised as one of the most historic sites in the city by Leeds Civic Trust at a special ceremony on Wednesday 8 June 2005.

A blue plaque will be placed on the hall in Shire Oak Road, Headingley.

In 1977 the Leeds Civic Trust erected the first Blue Plaque to commemorate the Burley Bar, on the Leeds and Holbeck Building Society on the Headrow. Since then more than 65 plaques have been erected on buildings and locations of historic interest.

Peter Baker, Chairman of Leeds Civic Trust, said: “This new plaque reminds us that the history of Headingley extends for more that 1,000 years, and that Headingley Hall as the successor to the manor house of the medieval manor of Headingley occupies one of the most historic sites in Leeds.”

Peter Hodkinson, Managing Director of the company that owns and runs Headingley Hall as a care home for older people, said: “We are delighted that Headingley Hall is to receive a blue plaque, which recognises the Hall’s important place in local history and will stand as a lasting reminder of the part it has played in the city’s past."

The wording on the plaque is: “The medieval manor house of Headingley almost certainly stood here.  The Hall was rebuilt in the 17th Century and 1831-6.  Residents included John Killingbeck, Mayor of Leeds 1677, George Hayward, Land Agent of the Earl of Cardigan, and his son George J.W. Hayward, born here 1839, intrepid explorer in Central Asia.”

Leeds Civic Trust’s plaques of Leeds serve to remember the famous people and places of the city. Well-known buildings such as Leeds Infirmary and Kirkgate Market are among those that are honoured, and personalities such as Montague Burton, Arthur Ransome and Sir Leonard Hutton are some of the people remembered.

last updated: 08/06/05
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