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AHS Calendar 2024

Aireborough Historical Society Calendar for 2024 available now for more details…

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Historical pictures from:-

  • Guiseley
  • Rawdon
  • Yeadon

which are sure to provide a year of pleasure. Order your copy online today, or pickup a copy from one of our distributors. Makes a perfect Christmas present. More details…

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

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Army Recruitment Contingent – 1915
The soldiers are parading on land outside Westfield Mills on Kirk Lane.
By 1915, it was obvious that voluntary recruitment was not providing enough men,
in July of that year the Government had passed the National Registration Act to stimulate recruitment
and also to ascertain how many men aged 15 – 85 were employed as tradesmen.
The findings of this census led to compulsory conscription in January 1916.
Westfield Mill was one of the many local mills, pubs, clubs etc which formed fund raising drives
to provide comforts and help for the families of servicemen, theirs was “Westfield Mill Soldiers and Sailors Charity”.

Air Raid Precaution Wardens (ARP) – Undated
A group of Air Raid Precaution Wardens outside Yeadon Town Hall,
ARP Wardens were part of the Civil Defence movement.
In the back row on the left is Jack Berry, to his right is Eric Berry.
In spite of the AVRO factory and Yeadon Airport being prime targets
the nearest bombs to be dropped in the vicinity were on Otley Chevin.

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:

Aireborough History From The Bronze Age To Today…

Aire View

12 Aire View, Yeadon. The mother of the donor Maureen…

Baldwin, Alfred – 1890

Alfred Baldwin was a stonemason who worked at Moor Top Quarry. Quality stone had been…

Beal, Walter & Tony – Undated

Fireman Walter Beal with his son Tony who is dressed as a fireman, he was the station mascot.


The caption with this photo says “cheque for swimming pool for the handicapped”.

Val Ryan, A Memory of Heavy Snow – 1960s

In this beautiful photo taken in heavy snow we can see on the far right the bungalow occupied by Mr & Mrs Helmsley…

Yorkgate Wood

This photo shows a man strolling down a path in Yorkgate Wood. The wood was planted in the mid 1800s by John Hustler.

If you spot any issues please do get in touch and we will fix them.

Whilst the AHS 2 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 the previous AHS 1 website.

Many thanks to Jack Brayshaw who enabled the AHS website to continue by migrating and enhancing the content from AHS 1 and creating this

AHS 2 website for everyone to enjoy.