Geographic position

53.7997° N, 1.5492° W


Mason Land Case


Fundraising Tour of Great Britain



General note

Leeds is a city located on the River Aire in West Yorkshire in the northern half of England. Leeds was first known as Loidis (which may have been the name of a local tribe) in Anglo-Saxon times and was a Welsh-speaking area that defended itself against Anglo-Saxon invaders for a time. Loidis became known as Leedis in the medieval period, which is the basis for its current name. In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, wool-making became the most prominent industry in Leeds and the town grew significantly. In 1661, Leeds appointed its first mayor. The wool and cloth industries were bolstered by Leeds’s location with links to the sea and to wool- and cloth-producing districts, and the town continued to expand throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.