Papers of James Wardell, mostly relating to antiquities of Leeds and district

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) Three manuscript notebooks containing historical accounts of Kirkstall Abbey (1868), Leeds (1870), and miscellaneous printed papers on antiquarian subjects (1850); (2) Two manuscript deeds, one in the name of William Lambton (1643), the other called the "Woodhouse Deed" (1664), with a manuscript note dated 1878; (3) Offprint of "On unpublished MSS relating to Meaux Abbey", by Edward Levien; (4) Printer's galley proofs of a review of James Wardell's Historical notices of Ilkley, ... etc.; (5) 2 printed poems by James Wardell, dated 1864 and 1867 respectively; (6) Author's manuscript for a publication on Kirkstall Abbey, and printed plans and a description of the Abbey; (7) Manuscript plan of Gipton earthworks; (8) Wardell's transcriptions of several charters written in Latin.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Wardell (1812-1873), Deputy Town Clerk of Leeds, wrote several books on the history and antiquities of Leeds and Ilkley.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from H.W. Tyson, bookseller, of Lancaster; May 1979.


In English, but with some Latin.

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