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Potternewton Park

Potternewton is a suburb and parish of north-east Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, situated between Chapeltown and Chapel Allerton, mainly in the LS7 postcode and partly in LS8. It is between Scott Hall Road on the west and Roundhay Road on the east, with Harehills Lane on the north. The main thoroughfare is Chapeltown Road, and it is often taken to be part of a larger area referred to as Chapeltown. On some maps Potternewton included the Chapeltown and Scott Hall areas and partly Harehills.

Skate park in Potternewton Park

There is overlap between the areas referred to as Chapeltown and Potternewton so that they can be two names for the same area. Potternewton is an historic village and most maps prioritise the name Potternewton over Chapeltown, but most residents of Leeds today refer to the area as Chapeltown.


Both the Earl of Mexborough and Earl Cowper had released some of their land by the 1700s and by the early 19th century a number of mansions, some with extensive acreage, had been established around Potternewton and Chapeltown roads. Potternewton Park Mansion, Newton Lodge, Scott Hall and Potternewton Hall are typical examples. The latter was a grand c.1720s manor house which had been built by the Barker family. By the mid 19th century it was owned by the Lupton family, who also owned Newton Hall and the surrounding Newton Park.[1] Wool merchants, Francis and Darnton Lupton, had worked to develop the immediate land around these mansions and were planning subdivisions on the estate as early as the 1850s.[2] The two brothers had raised their families at Potternewton Hall. Darnton, mayor of Leeds in 1844, was living there with his family from the 1830s and regularly stayed with his brother - and business partner - at the Hall for many years. As the Hall's owner, Francis, who had married in 1847, raised his family there until the early 1860s.[3] The two brothers purchased together the adjacent Newton Hall Estate in 1870 from their first cousin, Unitarian minister Arthur Lupton.[4] By the outbreak of the Second World War, both Newton Hall and Potternewton Hall had been demolished and the entire estate was virtually full of terraced and back-to-back housing.[5]

Potternewton Mansion was built c.1817 for James Brown, a wool merchant. It was originally called Harehills Grove. In 1861 it was bought by the Jowitt family and the 750 acre estate was, like the Newton Park Estate, sold to build back-to-back terraced houses while the 30 acre park at the front of the mansion was kept. In 1900, the house and park were bought by the Leeds Corporation and Potternewton Park was created.[6]

21st century

Transport Direct uses the names Potternewton and Chapeltown when defining them as separate areas. However, Potternewton is defined as a very small area around the north of Scott Hall Road and most of the area is classified today as Chapeltown. Potternewton is mainly recognised as a small area, possibly an estate of Meanwood, around the Scott Hall Road/Potternewton Lane roundabout likely because the local roads begin with "Potternewton" in their name. WYMetro and Transport Direct also identify the area as being in this location. Potternewton Lane is frequently served by bus service 7. Millfield primary school, formerly known as Potternewton primary, is located on Potternewton Mount. Upon being renamed, the school received more pupils due to the nearby Miles Hill school being shut down and demolished. Sugarwell hill mill is also found here.


Eleven new bungalows were constructed on Potternewton Lane for the elderly by Jack Lunn Construction for the Ridings Housing Association, specifically designed to meet individuals special requirements. New housing has also been constructed along Potternewton Crescent.

Potternewton Park

Potternewton Park is the location of the Leeds Carnival, and the start and finish of the carnival procession. As well as open areas, children's playground and sports facilities, it includes a skate park for skateboard and bmx activities. However, it can be dangerous at night due to a lack of lights.[7]

St Martin's Church

St Martin's C of E Church (1881)

St Martin's is the Church of England parish church just off Chapeltown Road, built in 1879-81 on Potternewton/Newton Park Estate, which was owned by the Lupton family. The formation of the parish was the result of a committee meeting held at the Leeds Church Institute in April 1876 and presided over by the Vicar of Leeds, Dr Gott. This included members of the Lupton family and W.L. Jackson, the future MP, Lord Allerton. Harriet Lupton (nee Davis), was the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Davis (1804–1887). The site for St Martin's had been confirmed in June 1876. The church was consecrated in 1881 for Potternewton parish. It was designed by Adams & Kelly of Leeds[8] and built of stone from local quarries. The original design included a tall steeple, but lack of funds prevented the building of this. It was originally the Anglican church in the Potternewton village and now has a mainly West Indian congregation.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ A photographic History of Leeds, Leodis -. "Potternewton Hall, Potternewton Lane". Leodis. UK Gov. Leeds City Council. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Conservation Area Appraisal, Chapeltown. "Chapeltown Conservation Area Appraisal". UK GOV. Leeds City Council. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  3. ^ A photographic History of Leeds, Leodis -. "Potternewton, entrance gates". Leodis. UK Gov Leeds City Council. 
  4. ^ A photographic history of Leeds, Leodis -. "Potternewton Hall, Potternewton Lane". Leodis. UK Gov. - Leeds City Council. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "English Heritage - "William's sons, (note - not Arthur's) Francis and Darnton, developed the land south of the Hall as a building speculation" - Newton Hall Gate Piers and Flanking Wall". English Heritage. UK Gov. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  6. ^ A photographic history of Leeds, Leodis. "Potternewton Park Mansion, Harehills Lane". Leodis. UK Gov Leeds City Council. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Leeds City Council:Potternewton Park
  8. ^ "St. Martin's Church". Leodis: a photographic archive of Leeds. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "History". St Martin's Church, Leeds. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "St Martin's Church, Chapeltown Road". Leodis: a photographic archive of Leeds. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Broadbent, Helen. "Church Archives, St Martins Church". St Martins Church, Potternewton. Church (of England) Edit. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 

External links

  • The ancient parish of Leeds: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI (Potternewton was in this parish)

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