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Alwoodley Parish Boundary.jpg
Parish boundary marker on the A61 Harrogate Road
Alwoodley is located in Leeds
Alwoodley is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population8,818 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSE303378
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEEDS
Postcode districtLS17
Dialling code0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°51′36″N 1°31′59″W / 53.8599°N 1.5331°W / 53.8599; -1.5331Coordinates: 53°51′36″N 1°31′59″W / 53.8599°N 1.5331°W / 53.8599; -1.5331

Alwoodley is a civil parish and suburb of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. It is 5 miles (8.0 km) north of central Leeds and is one of the most affluent areas of the city. Alwoodley lies in Leeds 17 which was reported to contain the most expensive housing area in Yorkshire and the Humber by The Times.[2]

The area is situated in the Alwoodley ward of Leeds City Council and Leeds North East parliamentary constituency.


King Lane

The area comprises a large part of the postcode LS17, which contains most of north Leeds and the surrounding countryside. On either side of Alwoodley is Adel, to the west, and Shadwell, to the east. Most of the housing is between Nursery Lane and Alwoodley Lane. The area to the north is mainly countryside, including the Eccup Reservoir and two golf courses. To the south are Moor Allerton and Moortown.


The name Alwoodley is thought to derive from Old English Æthelwald-lēah, meaning 'the woodland clearing (lēah), at Æthelwald's farm'.[3][4] It appears as Aluuoldelei in the 1086 Domesday Book.[4]

The route of the Roman road between Ilkley and Tadcaster, road 72b in Margary's numbering, passes through Alwoodley. Part of it was excavated along Lakeland Crescent in 1994.[5]

Alwoodley became part of the County Borough of Leeds on 1 April 1928 as a consequence of the passage of the Leeds Corporation Act 1927.[6]

Civil Parish[edit]

The civil parish boundaries are from Nursery Lane on the south, following the Meanwood Valley Trail on the west, the A61 Harrogate Road on the east. The northern boundaries are in countryside between Harewood to the northeast and Arthington to the northwest.[7] Note that Alwoodley Gates is an area to the east of the A61 inside the Harewood civil parish.

Electoral Ward[edit]

The Electoral Ward[8] includes the above area, but also Alwoodley Gates to the east and southwards part of Moortown as far as the Leeds Outer Ring Road. This article will include this larger area, which includes certain institutions associated with the area but just outside the civil parish boundary.

As of 2021 the councillors for this ward (all Conservatives) are Neil Buckley, Dan Cohen and Peter Harrand.[9]

Church of England Parish[edit]

St Barnabas Church

The Church of England parish of Alwoodley is based upon the church of St Barnabas, in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds.[10] The parish boundaries extend from King Lane in the West to the A58 Wetherby Road to the East, thus including Shadwell. They also include part of Moortown south of the Ring Road around Moortown Corner.


The former mansion, Alwoodley Old Hall, was close to the south side of Eccup Reservoir: it was demolished in 1969, and the grounds were used for Sandmoor Golf Club, north of Alwoodley Lane.[11]

Primley Park Avenue
Sandmoor Court

The centre is a large open area, including Moortown Golf Club and Rugby Club and former farmland known as Alwoodley Moss. Around it are 4 regions of housing, nearly all low-rise, semi-detached or detached. In the northwest corner (junction bounded by King Lane to the west and Alwoodley Lane to the North) is housing called Alwoodley Park and includes street names such as "The Avenue", "The Lane", "The Drive" etc. reflecting the former more isolated nature of the original village. In the northeast corner (junction bounded by Alwoodley Lane on the north and Harrogate Road on the east) is the Sandmoor Estate. In the southeast corner (bounded by Nursery Lane on the south and Harrogate Road on the east) is the Primley Park area. Where Sandmoor and Primley Park join is Sandmoor Court, a block of flats. The southwest corner (bounded by Nursery Lane to the south and King Lane to the west) consists of housing on streets such as the Sunningdales, the Birkdales and the Turnberrys.

The residential areas on and around the Sandmoors, Alwoodley Lane and Wigton Lane are amongst the most exclusive in Leeds, with many large detached family homes, imposing mansions and exclusive flat developments.[2]


The two largest schools in the area are Allerton High School and The Grammar School at Leeds Junior & Senior site. Alwoodley is served by two Jewish Faith Schools, both on the Henry Cohen Campus, Brodetsky Primary School,[12] and a high school, Leeds Jewish Free School,[13]


There are three golf clubs within the area, namely Alwoodley, Moortown and Sandmoor Golf Clubs. Moortown Golf Club was also the home of the 1929 Ryder Cup. Alwoodley Cricket Club dates back to 1935.[14] There are two Rugby Union clubs in the area: Leodiensian RUFC and Moortown Rugby Club.[15]

Alwoodley is also home to Alwoodley FC, a football team that compete in the top tier of the Yorkshire Amateur League.


Location grid[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Area: Alwoodley Parish". Office for National Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Adams, Lucia; Moran, Michael (30 March 2007). "The ten most expensive places to live in Britain... and ten budget alternatives – Times Online". London: Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  3. ^ BBC. "BBC – Leeds – Places – What's in a name?". Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  4. ^ a b Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names, 2nd edn (Oxford: Clarendon, 1940), p. 8.
  5. ^ Ambramson, P. and Fraser, R. (1993 or 1994), Lakeland Crescent, Alwoodley: An Archaeological Evaluation, Northern Archaeological Associates report (see reference to both dates at Haken, M. and Roman Roads Research Association, Ilkley-Adel-Newton Kyme-Tadcaster, accessed 14 November 2018)
  6. ^ "No. 33224". The London Gazette. 26 November 1926. p. 7731.
  7. ^ Leeds City Council: Parish/Town Councils Archived 10 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Leeds Council: Wards Map 2010 Archived 15 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^
  10. ^ Alwoodley St Barnabas
  11. ^ Leodis – a photographic archive Alwoodley Old Hall
  12. ^ "Brodetsky Primary School". Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Leeds Jewish Free School". Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  14. ^ Alwoodley Cricket Club Archived 29 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Archived 7 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Alwoodley Park Methodist Church

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