The name Gledhow is first attested the period 1334-37 as Gledhou. Its etymology is uncertain. The gled- element could plausibly come from the Old English words gleoda ('kite, bird of prey') or glēd ('embers, burning coals'). The second element could be from Old English hōh ('ridge, escarpment') or Old Norse haugr ('hill'). It has been suggested (in relation to similar names like Gledhill) that a gled- element may alternatively be based on the Old Norse ‘å glede’ (to please, or be glad about a subject) giving a translation of 'Pleasant Hill.'
Description and history
Well into the 19th century, Gledhow was known as a picturesque area of woodland near Leeds. It had become a suburb of Leeds by the late 19th century. Gledhow Valley is a strip of mixed deciduous woodland on either side of a beck and lake. Gipton Spa, a bathhouse dating from 1671, is in the woods. Passing through the valley is Gledhow Valley Road, built in 1926.
Gledhow Lane crosses Gledhow Valley Road and on the eastern side is a steep road up from the valley. The residential area near the top is known as "Little Switzerland".
Gledhow Primary School is on Lidgett Lane. Roundhay School and Kerr Mackie primary school are adjacent to each other off Gledhow Lane. To the north are Allerton Grange School and Moor Allerton Hall Primary School.
- Arthur Louis Aaron, Leeds' only Second World War recipient of the Victoria Cross, was born in Gledhow.
- Sir Edmund Beckett, 4th Baronet (1787 – 1874), railway promoter and politician, was born at Gledhow Hall.
- Albert Johanneson professional footballer (Leeds United) lived in Gledhow Towers. 
- Harry Parkin, Your City's Place-Names: Leeds, English Place-Name Society City-Names Series, 3 (Nottingham: English Place-Names Society, 2017), p. 49.
- GLEDHILL GENEALOGY - New theory on the origin of the name of Gledhill
- G., Measom (1859). The official illustrated guide to the North-western railway. p. 402. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
- Bailey, Steve. "Leeds: Places features: Gipton's Spa". BBC. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
- "Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods - Home Page".
- Leodis photographic archive
- Leeds Library & Information Services, G. Wilson. "Arthur Louis Aaron Statue, Eastgate".
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