Shadwell, West Yorkshire

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Main Street: Red Lion and Post Office
Shadwell is located in West Yorkshire
Shadwell shown within West Yorkshire
Population1,849 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Shadwell
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEEDS
Postcode districtLS17
Dialling code0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°51′17″N 1°29′02″W / 53.8547°N 1.4839°W / 53.8547; -1.4839Coordinates: 53°51′17″N 1°29′02″W / 53.8547°N 1.4839°W / 53.8547; -1.4839

Shadwell is a village and civil parish in north east Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The village is 6 miles (9.7 km) to the north east of Leeds city centre.

It sits in the Harewood ward of Leeds City Council and Elmet and Rothwell parliamentary constituency. The village is in the LS17 postal code and is served by the Shadwell Parish Council.

Shadwell borders with areas including Alwoodley, Roundhay, Whinmoor and Moortown and is being increasingly referred to simply as an area or suburb of Leeds but retains its many village traditions. It has a population of 1,864,[1] reducing to 1,849 at the 2011 Census.[2]


The first written proof of Shadwell's existence is in 1086 in William the Conqueror's Domesday Book, where it is called Scadewelle. Shadwell is thought to be named after the numerous trees that once covered the village with shade and the many wells that were once in use throughout the village. The village pub "The Red Lion" is located between two wells which were originally used to gather water for the brewing process.

Shadwell was historically a township in the ancient parish of Thorner in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Roundhay Grange, originally a grange of Kirkstall Abbey, was a detached part of the township.[3] In 1866 the township became a separate civil parish, but in 1912 the parish was abolished and absorbed into Leeds.[4]

In 1974 Shadwell became part of the enlarged City of Leeds in the new county of West Yorkshire. In 2002 the civil parish was reconstituted, with an elected parish council.[5]


St Paul's Church

The village has two churches (the Church of England St Paul's, and Shadwell Methodist Chapel), a primary school, The Red Lion pub, the Village Hall, a social club, a tennis club, a golf club and six shops (clothing shop, beauty shop, dry cleaner, fish and chip shop, post-office/newsagent and a hairdresser). The library, which has operated independently since 2013,[6] is a Grade II Listed Building which served as the Methodist Chapel from 1814 to 1892.[7] There is also a cricket club. Shadwell United is a junior football club which trains at the primary school. There are thriving Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides and Ranger groups. There is a stone millennium wheel on Main Street, Shadwell.

It is also covered by a local newspaper called the Wetherby News.

Slaid Hill[edit]

Slaid Hill is an area of Leeds which is within the manor or traditional estate of Shadwell, but is about half a mile west of Shadwell village with clear countryside between them, and the Shadwell name sign between. Slaid Hill is within the Alwoodley ward of Leeds City Council, whereas Shadwell village sits within the Harewood ward.[8]

Today, Shadwell Parish excludes most of Slaid Hill, but includes the estate to the south of Shadwell Lane and east of Roundhay Park Lane.[9] The 1881 Census makes it clear that the district of Shadwell extended to the west end of Shadwell Lane and to the Moortown Ring Road in the South.[10] In addition Shadwell Grange is a large house and farm in Slaid Hill, with a view over the Moortown Ring Road. It is a Grade II listed building.[11]

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  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Leeds Archived 19 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 9 September 2009
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National statistics. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Roundhay Park Conservation Area" (PDF). West Yorkshire Archaeological Advisory Service. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  4. ^ Vision of Britain website
  5. ^ Leeds City Council: Shadwell Parish Council
  6. ^ Shadwell Library, Arts Centre and Café, accessed 24 January 2017
  7. ^ Leodis - a Photographic Archive of Leeds: Shadwell Methodist Church, accessed 24 January 2017
  8. ^ Leeds City Council Website accessed 20 April 2009
  9. ^ Shadwell Parish Council Website Parish Map
  10. ^ Genuki Shadwell Census 1881
  11. ^ Historic England. "Shadwell Grange (1256110)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 October 2013.

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