Our Village

History

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The earliest mention of Drighlington is to be found in the Domesday Book where it is shown as "Dreslintone". It was situated on the old Roman road from York to Chester.


In 1576 Queen Elizabeth I granted Letters of Patent to James Brooke allowing him to hold a market every second Thursday and two horse and cattle fairs annually. These fairs took place at the White Hart Public House (now demolished).


The village is also the site of the Battle of Adwalton Moor fought on 30 June 1643 in the First English Civil War between the armies of King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. The Royalist army under the Earl of Newcastle defeated the Parliamentarians under the command of Lord Ferdinando Fairfax and his son Sir Thomas. 

There are four commemorative stones with plaques depicting the battle at strategic points around the common and there is an information board on the wall of the meeting hall.


James Margetson was a native of Drighlington of humble origins who eventually became Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. He built the Drighlington Free Grammar School and, by his Will, dated the 31st of May, 1678, endowed the school to the extent of £60.00 a year, a significant sum in 1678. This school was superseded in 1875 by the Drighlington Board School.


St Paul's Church was built in 1878 and the foundation stone was laid by the Lord of the Manor on 9 September 1876.


War Memorial

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The village’s War Memorial was re-dedicated on Sunday 8th July 2012 after plaques bearing the names of those who died during the First and Second World Wars were added and a new cross put up on the site at the junction of Whitehall Road and Whitehall Grove.  The memorial has been in place since 1933

but it has been completely restored with the help of local builder Robert Childe and the names of the men finally put in place.



The afternoon began with a parade, headed by Drighlington Band, through the village to the memorial where a joint service, led by the Rev Mike Godfrey, the Rev David Hulme, Pastor Paul Hinton and the Rev Susan Askey, was attended by around 300 people.



Among those there were Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Major F Hardy, the Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Ann Castle, David Marshall from the Royal British Legion Leeds group and Steven Slater representing Drighlington Parish Council, who laid wreaths at the memorial. Leeds Sea Cadets unit and the Leeds Royal British Legion were also invited, along with the Morley branch of the Legion and the village’s Scouts.


Conductor of Drighlington Band Mr Jim Davis played the Last Post and Reveille.


Over £6,000 was raised for the memorial by Drighlington Parish Council with the help of members of the Royal British Legion and Leeds City Council. Leeds City Councillor Tom Leadley paid tribute to the efforts, saying “Drighlington Parish Council deserves every credit for delivering this challenging project. The memorial was in significant need of refurbishment and the Parish Council has led the campaign to pull together different funding partners to deliver something special.”


Derek Lacey from Drighlington Parish Council said: “It was lovely for Drighlington village. It’s important that we properly remember these men.”