Gildersome is a village and civil parish in the City of Leeds 5 miles (7 km) south west of Leeds city centre in West Yorkshire, England. Gildersome was an urban district, established in 1894. In 1937 it was absorbed into the Municipal Borough of Morley. In 1974 the borough was abolished and combined with neighbouring authorities in the City of Leeds.
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My mother's family, the Bilbroughs, lived in Gildersome for over one hundred and twenty years (1770 - 1900). While researching my family's history, I accumulated a great deal of material related to their village. Since Gildersome's history on the internet has been sparse, piecemeal and often incorrect, I hope this website will bring together those web references and my own research, in a logical and interesting yet informative manner.
Special thanks go to Brian Appleyard in Perth, Australia and John Bedford in West Yorkshire for all their help !
The History of Gildersome is looking for readers to contribute stories, facts and photographs, especially from the 1960s back. If you feel you have something relevant and copyright free, please contact me:
Primary Works About Gildersome and Nearby Morley History:
"History of Gildersome and the Booth Family" : Written by Philip Booth and completed in 1920. Though it contains some detailed genealogy on the Booth family of Gildersome, it also is the best source for historic fact. I urge all those interested in Gildersome history to read it or at least browse its pages. In 1999, Damian Fox did a reprint, cleaning up mistakes and formatting errors. This completely searchable digital copy presented here is that reprint, digitized by Peter Booth. Click on the cover page right.
"Morley, Ancient and Modern" : Written by William Smith F.S.A.S. published in 1886. Searchable.
Other relevant titles by Smith are:
"The Registers of Topcliffe and Morley in the West Riding"
"Rambles About Morley" Click on the cover page right.
"History of the Baptist Church at Gildersome" : Compiled by William Radford Bilbrough and published in 1888. Not Searchable.
This copy was in the safe in the office of Gildersome Baptist Church. The church wardens were kind enough to let me photograph the pages with my digital camera. The lighting was bad and I was in a rush so I missed a page or two and others are blurry. Oops! It's a big file and takes a little bit of time to load. Sorry!
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Links to Pages in this History
Origin of Name
Farnley Wood Plot
Census & Lists
Other Interesting Links:
Norrison Scatcherd's "History of Morley"
"The History of Morley Old Chapel and Its
Ministers, from the Earliest Times"
Morley & District Family History Group
Morley Community Archives
"Journey of a Lost Manuscript"
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The rediscovery in a country town in Australia of a 16th century manuscript believed destroyed by fire. by Lorraine Smith