Sheep in Churchyard – Rawdon, Leeds

This photograph shows something I have not seen in many years, sheep in a churchyard being used as a lawnmower. This was quite a common sight in the Cotswolds where I lived as a boy.

There were several sheep in the Rawdon churchyard, but I think they were camera shy running off when they saw me.

The church in the photograph is Saint Peter’s Church, Rawdon, Leeds.

Rawdon is a village in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Saint Peter’s is the parish church, built in the 17th century by Francis Layton of Layton Hall and enlarged in 1864.

This is the 250th post on my Leeds in Yorkshire daily photo blog. When I first started this blog I would never think of asking someone to pose for me to photograph them so the early pictures were mostly buildings. Today I asked someone to pose for this blog, gave them my card to which they said “cool”.

The Leeds Library – Founded 1768

The Leeds Library MugI saw this mug, a penguin books – The Body in the Library, when I first visited The Leeds Library and I knew I really ought to use it in a photograph on my Leeds in Yorkshire photography blog.

I often passed the doorway to The Leeds Library, it was always shut and could perhaps be mistaken as an entrance to the building society adjacent.

Having run this blog for more than 6 months now I am much more likely not to put a closed door stand in the way of a chance of a few pictures. So having looked up The Leeds Library on google I emailed and asked if I could have a look around and take some photographs for the Leeds Daily Photo.

Founded in 1768 The Leeds Library is the oldest surviving subscription library here in the UK.

The Leeds Library
The Leeds Library

You can see the building that was built in 1808 to house The Leeds Library on Commercial Street in the heart of Leeds in the above photograph. The entrance to the library is just behind the blonde girl with the ponytail.

Today the building built by Thomas Johnson in a Greek revival style is grade II* listed and rightly so.

The first secretary of The Leeds Library was Joseph Priestley (13 March 1733 – 6 February 1804) who was an 18th-century English theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, educator, and political theorist who published over 150 works. He is usually credited with the discovery of oxygen.

Thanks to Claire for hunting down the mug and washing it for my photograph.

The Leeds Library can be contacted at this address and phone number:

The Leeds Library
18 Commercial Street
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 6AL

Tel: 0113 245 3071
Fax: 0113 245 1191