Adel, West Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Adel, a township and a parish in the W.R. Yorkshire. The township is 2 miles from Horsforth railway station, and 5 NNW of Leeds; and it is joined to Eccup, forming Adel-cum-Eccup, and also includes the hamlet of Cookridge and part of East Breary. Post town, Leeds. Acreage, 4890; population of the civil parish, 1161; of the ecclesiastical, 1104. There is a large reservoir in connection with the Leeds water-works. Remains of a Roman camp and villa are in a field a mile N of the church. There is a museum at the churchyard gate containing Roman altars, stone coffins, and other antiquities. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon; net value, £751. The church is a very fine Norman edifice, erected about 1140 A.D. There are two schools, the Leeds Boys' Reformatory, a cemetery, and some bleach-works. There is a Wesleyan chapel at Eccup, and a Convalescent Hospital at Cookridge, founded by John Metcalfe Smith, Esq., in 1868, with accommodation for 100 inmates.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Yorkshire
Ecclesiastical parish Addle St. John the Baptist
Riding West
Wapentake Skyrack

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Adel Parish Register, 1606-1812

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the West Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


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RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtLS16
Post TownLeeds