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Quarrying was Oakwood’s principal industry during the 1800s and there were many quarries in the area

Most of the mansions, shops and houses built at Leeds and around Oakwood from the 1700s to the 1900s were made from locally quarried stone

At ‘Springwood’ on Oakwood Lane there remains an excellent example of “Harehills tooling” a distinctive local style of stone dressing

At the far back corner of the Co-operative supermarket car park you can see outcrops of rock which bear witness to quarrying

At the corner of Ravenscar Avenue, the building facing Roundhay Road houses on its ground floor, a hair, nails and beauty salon called S.C. Glamour. It was built in about 1900 by the brothers Lax who were largely responsible for the development of Harehills towards the end of the 1800s. They had a yard behind the Co-operative where Oakwood Surgery now stands

When the Lax brothers bought land for their Ravenscar development further up the slope, there were cottages across what is now Ravenscar Avenue which they demolished to provide road access. They built the S. C. Glamour property larger than the adjacent cottages and it is thought always to have been a shop of one sort or another

Heading up Ravenscar Avenue, the rendered terrace of workers

cottages on the right was built in about 1840 for quarry workers by the same person who built the original public house which stood opposite, perhaps with a customer base of thirsty workers in mind?

The wooded hillside behind the former Homebase DIY shop used to be Gipton Quarry, a major source of stone for Leeds buildings throughout the 1800s. This is private land where much visible evidence of quarrying still remains. Henry Lax Ltd a local property developer  based at Roundhay still owns the quarried woodland between Ravenscar View and Tesco’s car park



Map of the Oakwood Area of Leeds showing the sites of Rough rock and Elland Flags Quarries PDF 0.2 Mb

by Murray Mitchell


Oak Leaves ODHS

Part Two - Autumn 2001

Quarrying in the Oakwood Area

by Murray Mitchell

Part Ten - Autumn 2010

A Short Note About a Quarry at Oakwood

by Neville Hurworth


Part Four - Spring 2003

Mining in Gipton

by Peter Kelley and Murray Mitchell




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John Harrison “One of my early memories is of the quarry... ...although it had a fence between

the quarry and Fitzroy Drive, there was a path you could get on through woodland, and as a child

we used to play on this path with this great drop a few feet away. There were quarries down Gledhow Wood Road. I remember one of the

boys at school falling down and breaking his jaw in one.”

John Harrison Quarries.mp3