The Parish Church has not only played
a significant part in the life of Leeds, it captures within it the
history of the great events and people who together have shaped
that city through the centuries. Hundreds of monuments and memorials
dating from the Middle Ages to the present day encrust its walls
and floors, telling as
they do, the part Leeds people have played in that story. Here we
see memorials to members of the Leeds Volunteers, formed to offset
Napoleon's threatened invasion, and to the men from the city who
fought in the Crimea, in South Africa and in two World Wars. Here
also we find tributes to hundreds of local men, women and children
who lived out their lives in the town; some now forgotten, others
nationally famous, like Richard Oastler the 'Factory King'.
Now for the first time, those memorials have been captured in Margaret
Pullan's pioneering publication, the product of years of devoted
research. The range of information offered includes records of births,
marriages, and deaths, full inscriptions, background histories explaining
why the deceased were buried in the Parish Church and the artistic
merits of their tombs. Architectural, ecclesiastical and local historians
will find this an invaluable contribution in their respective fields
of work whilst the general public will find it gives a fascinating
view of the people of Leeds who lived through the years as the old
town grew into a major city.
About the author
Margaret Pullan was born and educated in Canada where she obtained
her first degree, a BSc in Biology, from the University of Ottawa.
On graduation she travelled to England and obtained a second BSc,
in Archaeology and Geological Sciences, at the University of Leeds.
Since 1993 she has worked as administrator and archivist for the
English Heritage-funded Wharram Percy deserted medieval village
post-excavation publication project.
Produced by Maney Publishing for the Thoresby Society
and Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society
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