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Visits

You are welcome to contact the church office to see when visits to the church are possible.  We are a busy church with many activities that happen on weekdays, especially in school term time, so the church may be open but certain parts might not be accessible.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide assistance with questions relating to detailed research into your family, such as births, marriages and deaths.

What we can provide is useful pointers to where to start your research on your Pudsey ancestors through the links below.

Now you have now found us , why not have a look around our website, there are some useful pages on the history of the current church building. There are also pictures showing the changes that have taken place in recent years and views of and from the church.

Parish records

The Saint Lawrence Parish records (baptisms, marriages and burials) up to around the middle of the Second World War (about 1940-1942) are held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service in Leeds. The Leeds Archive is no longer in Sheepscar, it has now moved to premises in Morley.

Transcriptions of various parish records for Pudsey can be found at the Calverley Info website.

This information is held under Calverley because St Lawrence church and the earlier All Saints Chapel of Ease was part of the Calverley Parish until 1878.

St. Paul's parish (covering parts of Stanningley & Swinnow) was merged with St Lawrence in 1982, when St. Paul's church (off Richardshaw Lane) was closed.

Other records

A database of civil registrations of Births, Marriages & Deaths for Calverley and Pudsey from 1837 can be found on the Yorkshire BMD website, within the Leeds registers.  Pudsey became part of the Leeds Metropolitan District in the 1970's.

Burials

The graveyard was closed (i.e. there were no more burials) sometime in the 1960s and therefore came into the care of the local authority.  Subsequently the gravestones were moved to make maintenance of the grounds easier.  Burial records, along with other parish records is at the West Yorkshire Archive.

The Calverley Info website has a list of Memorial Inscriptions for Pudsey Parish Church that includes the memorials inside the church as well as those in the churchyard.

We have some memorials that were moved from the All Saints Chapel of Ease (that preceded the current church building) that was demolished in the early 1800s.

You might also need to look at Pudsey Municipal Cemetery, information can be found on the Calverley Info pages.

Other information and events

More genealogy information is available about the county on Colin Hinson's Yorkshire Pages on GENUKI.

Pudsey also has a Family History Fair, held at Pudsey Civic Hall in the Spring, it was run in 2011 by two local family historians.  See yourfairladies for further details about the fair and the other things that they do.

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