Actions Concerning the Packway or Temple Lane from Leeds to Pontefract

Scope and Content

Until detailed work on this great dispute has been undertaken the exact relationship of the numerous causes cannot be established; they are listed here in chronological order under the main grouping; King versus local authorities, King versus individuals, suits between party and party arising out of this.

Administrative / Biographical History

The maintenance of this highway led to a long series of actions, concerning its status as a Highway, obstructions on it, and the burden of repair. The basis of these seems to have been a feud between the Lowthers of Swillington and the Ingrams, and involved the Corporation of Leeds and the inhabitants of Temple Newsam and Whitkirk and the tenants of the respective contenders.