Ledston is a village and civil parish 3 miles (5 km) north of Castleford and 10 miles (16 km) east of Leeds in the county of West Yorkshire, England. The village is in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough. It had a population of 400 in 2001, which decreased slightly to 394 at the 2011 Census.
Ledston is first mentioned in 1086, and on through the Middle Ages, in forms like Ledestun(e), Ledestona. The name seems to refer to Leeds (or the Old English precursor of this name, Loidis, which denoted a region rather than a town), meaning the tūn ('settlement, estate') belonging to Leeds.
Mary Pannal of Ledston was executed in 1603 as an accused witch.
Ledston or Ledstone Hall was the home of Lady Elizabeth Hastings, daughter of the 7th Earl of Huntingdon, known as "Lady Betty". The hall was originally a grange and chapel built by the monks of Pontefract Priory. It is a grade I listed building, and several associated buildings and garden features are also listed.
Ledston Hall featured in the television show Most Haunted:Live on 27 October 2007, but was called "Wheler Priory" for security reasons at the time (Wheler being the surname of the last family owning the hall).
Ledston is also home to the Ledston Equine Centre located in the stables of Ledston Hall.
Ledston lies to the east of the A656 road, and there was a railway station named after the village on the Castleford to Garforth line, though this station was actually adjacent to Allerton Bywater Colliery. The village also had a colliery named after it, Ledston Luck, which was connected to the railway via an aerial ropeway up to Micklefield. The colliery, like the railway station, was some distance away from the village from which it took its name, being actually only 0.6 miles (1 km) east of Kippax. Ledston Luck Colliery closed in 1986 and the site is now a local nature reserve.
White Horse InnEdit
The White Horse Inn is a 15th-century public house. It was 2019 regional winner of North East Pubs in Bloom, and supports various local activities such as the Ledston Bloomers[clarification needed] and a village scarecrow competition.
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- orthwick Catalogue record as an example showing use of older spelling.
- Historic England. "Ledston Hall (Grade I) (1237569)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Watch Most Haunted Live Season 6 Full Episodes". OVGuide. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Ledstone Equine Centre". ledstonequinecentre.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "SE43 (includes Leeds" (Map). SE43. 1:25,000. Ordnance Survey. 1954.
- "Pit closures, year by year". BBC News. 5 March 2004. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Ledston Luck Yorkshire Wildlife Trust | Love Yorkshire, Love Wildlife". www.ywt.org.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Home page". White Horse. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
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- The ancient parish of Ledsham: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI (Ledston was in this parish).
- Historic England. "Ledston Hall, grade I (1237569)". National Heritage List for England.
- Historic England. "Ledston Lodge, in Ledston Park, grade I (1264072)". National Heritage List for England.
- Historic England. "Barn at Ledston Hall, grade I (1237515)". National Heritage List for England.
- Historic England. "Ledston Hall entrance gates and lodges, grade I (1264075)". National Heritage List for England.
- Historic England. "Stable block at Ledston Hall, grade I (1247674)". National Heritage List for England.