Author: Ken Burton

I was born in Black Bull Street then we moved out to east Leeds, I have also lived in north Leeds but when I married we moved to Beeston in 1966 (still with the same lass). I like the area very much and try to promote south Leeds history, much of which in the 'development' of the area has disappeared. I am the Secretary of Beeston Local History Society and a Friend of Holbeck Cemetery and try and contribute to our area as much as possible.

Local History: Chartists and the Plug Riots

Chartists were followers of a political movement for reform spanning the years 1836 to 1849 taking its name from the 1838 Peoples Charter. They formulated their demands in a six point Charter: Universal (men’s) suffrage, Annual Parliaments, Vote by (secret) ballot, Abolition of the property qualification for MPs, Payment for

Local history: Thwaite Watermill in Stourton (part one)

Thwaite watermill could be considered a unique heritage attraction because it is one of the last working water-powered mills in Britain and due to its varying uses by trade offers a unique lens in which to study the many aspects of local society and industrial history. The life of the

Local history: The Murder of the Beecroft Girls, Holbeck, 1900

The Beecroft girls, Ada aged 6 years and Annie aged 4 years, were the illegitimate daughters of Thomas Mellor. Their mother Ada Beecroft, had been committed to the Menston Asylum at Guiseley where she died in November 1899. Some time before Ada’s death Mellor had moved in with another woman