Around 150 years ago, Pudsey was completely surrounded by farmland in an area bordered by woodland, but woollen mills had been built in the area and the textile revolution in Pudsey and the neighbouring cities brought with it a huge expansion in house-building, shops and other services.
Despite recent expansion of the area, Pudsey still retains some of the old world charm of its earlier existance, retaining cobbled yards with listed buildings originating in the late 17th century.
Pudsey famously lends its name to Pudsey Bear, the mascot of the BBC Children in Need charity appeal, which was named after its designer's home town.
The town has pubs and social clubs.
The town has a range of shops and an edge-of-town retail park.
Pudsey holds a traditional outdoor market - (Tues, Fri, Sat).
The town has a Post Office.
The town has pharmacies.
Pudsey has bank and building society branches.
A choice of cafes can be found in Pudsey.
Pudsey has takeaway food outlets.
Pudsey has a community hall.
The town has a library.
The town has a leisure centre with swimming pool.
Pudsey has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, other.
Bus travelThe town has bus services to neighbouring towns and villages and city centres.
New Pudsey stationNew Pudsey station is about a mile to the north-west of Pudsey town centre.
Station managed by: NORTHERN. Operator/s: NORTHERN.
NORTHERN - Departure and station info
Link to Northern - external website providing information on all services at this station.
Road travelPudsey can be reached via the A647 B6155 B6154
Places to visit
Middleton RailwayMoor Road, Hunslet, Leeds
The world's oldest working railway is now operated by volunteers who run trains mostly at weekends. The railway was first opened as a horse-drawn colliery railway in 1758 and was the first to successfully use steam locomotives commercially in 1812. The line was not built as a passenger railway, but solely for carrying coal. Passengers can now make the journey between Moor Road station and Park Halt at the edge of the attractive woodland of Middleton Park, where there are displays about the past coal mining in the area. The line has a timetable of diesel and steam operating days and special events and the engine shed is a celebration of the numerous manufacturers, among them Hudson, Hudswell Clarke and Manning Wardle, which once made Leeds the biggest producer of railway locomotives in the country. The railway is about 2 miles south of Leeds city centre close to Junctions 5 & 6 of the M621.
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Kirkstall AbbeyAbbey Road, Kirkstall
The ruins of the Cistercian Kirkstall Abbey, dating from 1152, are in public parkland alongside the River Aire at Kirkstall, 3 miles north-west of Leeds city centre.
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Oakwell Hall and Country ParkNutter Lane, Birstall
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Political composition after the May 2022 election:
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