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Stanningley is located in Leeds
Stanningley is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE225346
• London170 mi (270 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPUDSEY
Postcode districtLS28
Dialling code0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°48′25″N 1°40′01″W / 53.807°N 1.667°W / 53.807; -1.667Coordinates: 53°48′25″N 1°40′01″W / 53.807°N 1.667°W / 53.807; -1.667

Stanningley is a district of Pudsey, West Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) west of Leeds city centre on the A647 road, the original main road from Leeds to Bradford. The appropriate Leeds Metropolitan Ward is Bramley and Stanningley. The parish is part of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds.


Church of St Thomas, Stanningley, 1841, Neo-Norman style
Church of St Thomas, Stanningley, 1841

The parish church of St Thomas was built in 1841 in Neo-Norman style and is now Grade II listed.[1] It was designed by H. Rogerson. The foundation stone was laid on 5 November 1839, by John Farrar of Pudsey. The organ chamber and vestry were added in 1870. There are examples of stained glass dating to the 1860s and painted panels from the late 1880s. There is a notable marble memorial to John Butler of West Royd, d.1884 which was erected by the men of the Stanningley Ironworks where he was the manager.[1]

Stanningley Park Lodge Stone Heraldic Crest of Leeds with date of 1894
Stanningley Park Lodge Stone Heraldic Crest of Leeds with date of 1894

In 1894, the park lodge at Stanningley Park was built. It has the coat of arms of Leeds mounted on the park side of the house. The park once had a greenhouse.[2]

Public art near Stanningley Road
Pavilion Picture House, built 1920, Stanningley, Leeds January 2021, distinctive 1920s cinema converted into private accommodation
Pavilion Picture House, built 1920, Stanningley January 2021

The distinctive 1920s Pavilion Picture House was opened in February 1920. It was designed by J. P. Crawford of Albion Place.[3] The first film shown was Daddy-Long-Legs starring Mary Pickford.[3] In 1970, the cinema closed and it was turned into a bingo hall, before becoming a business centre c. 2005 and private accommodation c. 2020.[3]

F & T Kitchin and Co.[edit]

Stanningley is the home of the unique Bootie Folding Cycle. It was made by a local engineering firm, F & T Kitchin & Co, at their Vickersdale works as a sideline to their main business. Production of the Bootie bicycle began in 1965 and continued with only minor refinements until early 1973.[4]

UK's first High Occupancy Vehicle Lane[edit]

A section of the A647 road Stanningley Road and Stanningley By-Pass became the UK's first High Occupancy Vehicle Lane in 1998.[5] It began on a trial basis and was made permanent after proving successful.

This part of the route between Leeds and Bradford experienced high levels of traffic congestion and there were few public transport priority measures. The council originally wanted to install a bus lane, but found that bus service frequencies were too low to justify it.[6]

The project was part of an EU research project called Increasing CAR Occupancy (ICARO). Its objectives were to increase car occupancy by encouraging car sharing and to demonstrate the feasibility of providing a lane for shared use by buses, other high occupancy vehicles, motorcycles and cycles.[5]


Town Street and a section of Stanningley Road to the east are home to most of the district's shops, pubs and eateries. Amenities include a dry cleaners, butcher, newsagent, salon and car garage. There are 10 public houses in Stanningley, including The Jug & Barrel, Waggon & Horses and The Great Northern.[7] The historic pub The Halfway House is on the corner of Broad Lane and Leeds and Bradford Road. A photo in the Leodis archive shows the pub in the 1950s.[8]

Owlcotes Shopping Centre, in Stanningley, contains an Asda supermarket and a Marks & Spencer store.

Photo of the Halfway House pub, Stanningley Leeds, showing the painted inn name on the end and side of the pub, with a cloudy and blue sky above
Halfway House, Stanningley, Leeds
Bootie Folding Cycle, made in the Vickersdale works, Stanningley, Leeds from 1965 to 1973.

Stanningley Rugby Club (SARLC)[edit]

Stanningley is the home of Stanningley SARLC, which has provided numerous players to the professional ranks.[9] These including England captain Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Ryan Atkins, Ash Gibson, Garreth Carvell, Michael Banks, Andy Bastow, Steve Nicholson, Mark Wilson and Roy Dickinson.[10] The club provides facilities for 20 teams for male and females of all ages. The 1st team play in the National Conference League. The club also provides a home for Leeds Rhinos academies.[9]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Thomas (1256014)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Stanningley Park, greenhouse". Leodis - a photographic archive of Leeds. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Pavilion Business Centre, Stanningley Road". Leodis - a photographic archive of Leeds. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  4. ^ Tony Hadland and John Pinkerton (1996) It's in the bag! A history in outline of portable cycles in the UK. Cheltenham: Quorum Press Ltd
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Pubs in Stanningley : Pubs Galore".
  8. ^ "Broad Lane, Half Way House, Rear View". Leodis - a photographic archive of Leeds. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Stanningley SARLC". Stanningley SARLC. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  10. ^ Norfolk, Nick (2019). The Stanningley Story 1889 to 2019. Stanningley SARLC.

External links[edit]

Media related to Stanningley at Wikimedia Commons