Our Ladys RC School Weetwood

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Postby 10yearsgone » Wed 13 Feb, 2008 2:40 pm

Hiya Guys,

10 years since i left leeds , i have been looking for this school that i attended from (guesses) 1980 - 1984/5

Can't find any information on it at all !! i think it may have merged at some point with St Urbans , think i found the place on google earth , not sure what it is now.

Can anybody fill in the (sizeable) blanks !!


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Postby Croggy » Wed 13 Feb, 2008 3:22 pm

Hello and welcome.

Sorry, I don't know the Weetwood area very well, so can't say from personal knowledge.

Do you remember the full title of the school?

You could look here http://www.educationleeds.co.uk/SchoolDataSystem/index.aspx

or try friends reunited?

S Urban's is here http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/reports/108/108027.pdf
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Postby markssmith78 » Wed 21 Apr, 2010 5:16 pm


I have had the same experience, but I am still in Leeds. I attended Our Lady's Primary School about the same time before moving onto Holy Name.

After some research I found the following information:

30th January 1906 On Weetwood Lane, built on land which had been part of the Weetwood Hall estate. Thomas Simpson commissioned his cousin John Simpson to design Bardon Hall. It was built between 1873-75 in Victorian Gothic style. Thomas Simpson died in 1898, the property was purchased by Joseph Pickersgill in 1899. Pickersgill was a millionaire, having made his fortune as a race-horse owner and turf commissioner. He was also a partner in Chorley and Pickersgill printers who had the Electric Press building in Cookridge Street. His contribution to the development of Bardon Hill was the building of a magnificent stable block. He died in 1820 aged 71. The house was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church and became the Bishops' House, residence for the Bishops of Leeds. Between 1951-1956 it was home to Cardinal Heenan. It then became Our Lady's Primary School c. 1960s to 1980s, and St. Urbans School in the 1990s. In 1999, the house and land were sold to a developer and were made into private apartments. The stables were demolished.

Taken from the following link:


I was so sad to hear it had been transformed into apartments, what makes it even worse is that you cannot even go back to visit the building as now it’s been all gated off with the only access through an electric fence with an intercom for residents only.

Does anyone have any pictures of the old school?

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Postby markssmith78 » Fri 23 Apr, 2010 12:04 pm

I am not sure; while I was there I do remember another building which was out of use for the entire time I was at school there. By the looks of that aerial photograph it now appears to have been knocked down, I wonder if that building is the one they are referring to but I don’t think it used to be stables but I could be wrong.
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Postby tilly » Sat 17 Jun, 2017 7:08 am

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