Fulneck Moravian Settlement

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Fulneck is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE225319
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Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPUDSEY
Postcode districtLS28
Dialling code0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
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53°47′01″N 1°39′53″W / 53.7837°N 1.6648°W / 53.7837; -1.6648Coordinates: 53°47′01″N 1°39′53″W / 53.7837°N 1.6648°W / 53.7837; -1.6648
Fulneck Moravian Settlement

Fulneck Moravian Settlement is a village in Pudsey in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1744. It is named after Fulneck (Czech: Fulnek), the German name of a town in Northern Moravia, Czech Republic.[1]

The village (grid reference SE225319) lies on a hillside overlooking a deep valley. Pudsey Beck flows along the bottom of the valley.


Members of the Moravian Church settled at Fulneck in 1744.[2] They were descendants of old Bohemian/Czech Unity of the Brethren, extinct in Bohemia after 1620 due to forcible re-Catholicisation imposed on the Czech lands by Habsburg emperors. These church members had found refuge in 1722 in Saxony on the estate of Nicolaus Ludwig Count von Zinzendorf. Within the next few years of settling at Fulneck, housing, a school and a chapel were built, the last completed in 1748. In 1753 and 1755, separate boys' and girls' schools were opened. These were combined into one school in 1994.


Fulneck Moravian Chapel

Fulneck Moravian Chapel is a Grade I listed building, making it one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Leeds. In addition to the normal Sunday Service(s), there are monthly concerts by Fulneck resident Dr Simon Lindley on a John Snetzler/Binns organ on the first Thursday of every month. This instrument was fully and comprehensively restored in the Autumn and early Winter of 2016 by Wood of Huddersfield. Other regular musical events include recitals by former Fulneck resident cornet virtuoso Phillip McCann and at least two annual visits by Saint Peter's Singers of Leeds for a Baroque music weekend in August and late November/early December for a concert of seasonal music normally including Part One and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's oratorio Messiah.

Many of the 18th-century stone houses in the village are listed buildings.

The fee-paying Fulneck School, established in 1753, forms a major part of the Moravian village.

Founded in 1892, Fulneck Golf Club is the oldest golf club in the Leeds area.

In recent years, a restaurant and cafe occupied an 18th-century listed building, that was the original shop for the settlement. Shop records still survive from its opening in 1762, and are believed to be some of the oldest shop archives in the UK. The premises are now run by Cafe 54 and Antiques and open every day except Saturday.

The Moravian Museum (opposite the church) has operated since 1969 and is open Saturdays and Wednesdays 2 pm-4 pm from April to September.

There are a number of footpaths and scenic walks in the area, including a footpath between Fulneck and the nearby village of Tong and the Leeds Country Way.

Notable people[edit]

No.34 Fulneck, home of Benjamin Latrobe 1764–1820

Significant people born in Fulneck include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goodall, Armitage (1914). Place-names of south-west Yorkshire : that is, of so much of the West Riding as lies south of the Aire from Keighley onwards. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 309. OCLC 874482463.
  2. ^ Leach, Peter; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009). Yorkshire West Riding : Leeds, Bradford and the North (2 ed.). New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 270. ISBN 978-0-300-12665-5.

External links[edit]

Former Moravian Sunday school