Shadwell, West Yorkshire
Main Street: Red Lion and Post Office
Shadwell shown within West Yorkshire
|Metropolitan borough||City of Leeds|
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Leeds North East|
Shadwell is a small but affluent village, suburb and civil parish in north east Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The village is 6 miles (9.7 km) to the north east of Leeds city centre. Shadwell is also close to Wetherby; the local newspaper is the Wetherby News. It has a population of 1,864.
Shadwell borders with Alwoodley, Roundhay, Whinmoor and Moortown from where the main road to the village Shadwell Lane begins. The village is in the LS17 postal code and is served by the Shadwell Parish Council. Shadwell is being increasingly referred to simply as an area or suburb of Leeds but retains its many village traditions.
The first written proof of Shadwell's existence is in 1086 in William the Conqueror's Domesday Book, where it is called Scadewelle. Shadwell is thought to be named after the numerous trees that once covered the village with shade and the many wells that were once in use throughout the village. The village pub "The Red Lion" is located between two wells which were originally used to gather water for the brewing process.
The village has two churches (the Church of England St Paul's, and Shadwell Methodist chapel), a primary school, The Red Lion pub, the Village Hall, a social club, a tennis club, a golf club and six shops (clothing shop, bridal shop, dry cleaner, fish and chip shop, post-office/newsagent and a hairdresser). The library is a Grade II Listed Building. There is also a cricket club. Shadwell United is a junior football club that trains at the primary school. There are thriving Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides and Ranger groups. There is a stone millennium wheel on Main Street, Shadwell.
Slaid Hill is an area of Leeds which is within the manor or traditional estate of Shadwell, but is about half a mile west of Shadwell village with clear countryside between them, and the Shadwell name sign between. Slaid Hill is within the Alwoodley Council Ward, whereas Shadwell village is within the Harewood ward.
Today, Shadwell Parish excludes most of Slaid Hill, but includes the estate to the south of Shadwell Lane and east of Roundhay Park Lane. The 1881 Census makes it clear that the district of Shadwell extended to the west end of Shadwell Lane and to the Moortown Ring Road in the South. In addition Shadwell Grange is a large house and farm in Slaid Hill, with a view over the Moortown Ring Road. It is a Grade II listed building.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Leeds Retrieved 2009-09-09
- Leeds City Council Website accessed 20 April 2009
- Shadwell Parish Council Website Parish Map
- Genuki Shadwell Census 1881
- English Heritage List Entry Shadwell Grange
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