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The Thoresby Society

The Historical Society for Leeds and District
Founded 1889


It is three hundred years since Ralph Thoresby published his DUCATUS LEODIENIS, the first known published history of Leeds.

To mark this the Thoresby Society is publishing Thoresby’s diaries THE REVIEW, which have not been published fully before.

To celebrate this, the Thoresby Society has arranged a series of lunch time talks throughout November.

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The Thoresby Society is the historical society for Leeds and its surrounding area and is open to everyone interested in the city’s rich past and its development over the centuries. It has a long-established library and archive collection, including historic maps, newspapers, and images, provides a varied programme of monthly talks and summer excursions, and publishes original research on aspects of Leeds history in its highly regarded annual publication (free to members).

The Society was named after Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725), the first historian of Leeds. It was founded in 1889 to encourage and foster an interest in the history of Leeds and its area, to support and publish relevant research, and to collect and preserve material from the past. Today it continues to welcome members with an interest in local history, and its collections and lectures are open to the public.

You will find more about the Society’s library, activities, and publications, as well as background information on Leeds history, by exploring the topics listed on the left.


Important: Library Closure. The Thoresby Society library and archive will close at the end of February so that arrangements can be made for its transfer to its new home in the Leeds Library in Commercial Street, Leeds. It is hoped to reopen the library and archive in its new location by the end of 2015: please check the website here for further information. Meanwhile, members who have books on loan from the library are asked to return them to the library as soon as possible. While the library is closed, we regret that it will not be possible to deal with any enquiries relating to material in the library and archive collection or general enquiries on Leeds historical topics.




Lectures Secretary

The Thoresby Society,
23 Clarendon Road,
LS2 9NZ.

Telephone : 0113 247 0704

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Registered Charity No 1126086


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