The quality of this booklet has been greatly enhanced by utilising the superb graphic design skills of Phil Jewitt, Alwoodley born and bred!

I am indebted to the staff of Leeds Local and Family History Library, the Thoresby Society, Thackray Medical Museum and West Yorkshire Archive Service (Leeds Office) for their assistance in writing this book. I am extremely grateful to Brett and Felicity Harrison for transcribing the sixteenth century wills and for help in understanding the vast number of documents relating to Alwoodley Old Hall. Peter Thornborrow was kind enough to comment on the buildings illustrated on the 1682 Parker Plan and, after a site visit, to interpret the development of  Moss Hall . Many thanks to the large number of people who I have had the pleasure of interviewing over the years and who have so generously shared their memories and material with me. This book would not have had the same quality of illustrations without the generosity of Dave and Pauline Todd who kindly permitted the unrestricted use of their family photographs. Bob Tyrell did a splendid job in re-drawing two really faded photographs.

I am grateful to Don Cole and Sydney Richardson for their positive comments and meticulous proof reading.

Finally, special thanks to Richard, my brother, for the fabulous painting on the front cover and to Kevin Grady for his invaluable advice and guidance.

Published by Steven Burt, 16 Mulberry Avenue, Leeds LS16 8LL. Tel: 0113 2673294

Copyright: Steven Burt  


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