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Lawnswood – A Brief History

8th March 2016

Lawnswood is a lovely leafy suburb in the west of Leeds bordered by equally popular West Park and Adel.  The main A660 Otley Road runs through Lawnswood making it a popular choice for commuters. Property in the area is predominately large family homes but there is also a large supply of 1930’s flats built in the style of semi detached homes, these prove very popular to young professional tenants.

Lawnswood has most of its amenities on the western side of Otley Road.  Along Otley Road there are several shops, including a Co-op, a post office, delicatessens and other independent retailers. The local pubs are the Stables pub and Lawnswood Arms which have a family friendly atmosphere and serve food. Golden Acre Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Leeds and is a real highlight of Lawnswood. The park features a lovely lake, wild flowers, beautiful manicured gardens and café. Local residents certainly make use of this natural beauty spot.

Lawnswood School is a mixed secondary and sixth form and is situated just by the Ring Road roundabout. Famous playwright Alan Bennett attended Leeds Modern School, now known as Lawnswood School.

Did you know?

Lawnswood has one of the city’s main cemeteries and crematoria. Lawnswood Cemetery was opened in 1875, its grounds and most of its buildings designed by architect George Corson, who was himself buried here in 1910. The crematorium, first in Leeds, was opened in 1905.

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