Carlton is located immediately to the north of Leeds Bradford Airport. It borders Guiseley in the west, Otley, Pool-in-Wharfedale, and Bramhope in the north, and Cookridge in the east. The Leeds Bradford Airport Industrial Estate is in the southern part of the parish, on the eastern side of the A658 road which traverses the parish roughly from south-west to north-east.
Carlton Moor lies north of East and West Carlton.
The name Carlton is first attested in the Domesday Book as Carleton, Carletun and Carletune. The name comes from the Old Norse word karla (genitive plural of karl 'commoner, churl') and the Old English word tūn ('estate'). Thus it once meant 'estate owned by commoners'. The Old Norse form karla may be based on an earlier Old English name *ceorla tūn, of the same meaning.
- "Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Leeds]". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
- Ordnance Survey map, 2018, accessed 10 October 2020
- Harry Parkin, Your City's Place-Names: Leeds, English Place-Name Society City-Names Series, 3 (Nottingham: English Place-Name Society, 2017), p. 33.
|This West Yorkshire location article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|