Lawnswood is a small suburb in the north west of the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. As such it is north north east of the West Yorkshire Urban Area. The suburb falls within the Adel and Wharefdale Ward of the City of Leeds Council.
Bodington Hall, a former major hall of residence for the University of Leeds was in Lawnswood and it was not uncommon to find some students taking accommodation in Lawnswood after their first year. Also, when considering Lawnswood School as part of Lawnswood, one must also regard Oxley Hall as if not in Lawnswood itself, then on the very border of Lawnswood and Headingley or Weetwood. Oxley, as it is affectionately known, is also a major hall of residence of the University of Leeds. The Stables Pub and the Lawnswood Arms are both occasionally, but rarely, visited by students doing the Otley Run.
Lawnswood is 4 miles (6 km) north of Leeds city centre and its nearest railway station is in Horsforth.
Supertram Lawnswood and Bodington Hall were two of the planned stops on the Leeds Supertram North Line. The Supertram project was cancelled by the Government in 2005 much to the disappointment of many Lawnswood residents.
Most of the houses in Lawnswood are large private detached and semi detached suburban houses. Houses in the area fetch amongst the highest prices in the City of Leeds along with neighbouring Adel, Alwoodley, Roundhay, Scarcroft and Boston Spa. Besides these large houses there are many 1930s flats in Lawnswood, built in the style of semi-detached houses, each block contains four flats, each with a private entrance, these are a good example of architecture of their time and while there are examples of similar houses in Moortown, Lawnswood has a great number of them.
Lawnswood has most of its amenities on the western side of Otley Road. Lawnswood School lies on the Leeds Outer Ring Road. Along Otley Road there are several shops, including a Co-op, a post office (named 'Adel Post Office'), several banks as well as hairdressers, estate agents, delicatessens and other independent retailers. Towards the top end of Lawnswood is the Lawnswood Arms, a large detached public house, whilst on the opposite side of Otley Road there is an Esso Petrol Station.
Lawnswood is within walking distance of Headingley Stadium and so naturally, many of the residents are supporters of the Leeds Rhinos Rugby league club, Leeds Carnegie, the Rugby Union club and the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, all based at the stadium.
In terms of football, most people in Lawnswood support the city's major football club, Leeds United.
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Lawnswood has one of the city's main cemeteries and crematoria. Lawnswood Cemetery was opened in 1875, its grounds and most of its buildings designed by architect George Corson, who was himself buried here in 1910. The crematorium, first in Leeds, was opened in 1905. The cemetery contains the war graves of 138 Commonwealth service personnel of the First World War and 67 of the Second World War, besides a screen wall memorial listing 105 service personnel buried in the closed Leeds General Cemetery whose graves could no longer be maintained. The crematorium has a memorial erected within the columbarium central hall by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) to 94 service personnel cremated here during the Second World War. Three soldier recipients of the Victoria Cross were also cremated here:
- Colonel Richard Kirby Ridgeway (1848–1924) (earned in Naga Hills Expedition)
- Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Daniels (1884–1953) (First World War)
- Sergeant Albert Mountain (1895–1967) (First World War)
The Department for Work and Pensions, (DWP), has a cluster of buildings in Lawnswood dealing with Disabilities and Carers.
- Aerial View, Bodington Hall
- Leeds Overground bus route map, First Group
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-  CWGC Cemetery Report.
-  Burial locations of VC holders in West Yorkshire.
- "Parents Mourn Suez Victim" The Spokesman-Review, 11 January 1957
- "Amateur sleuths find last resting place of soldier executed in Suez" The Yorkshire Post, 2 December 2005
- http://www.lawnswood-portal.co.uk/Pages/Default.aspx[permanent dead link]