Origins of the name Leeds
The Celtic British tribe called the Brigantes were also
known as Leods or Ludees. A possible starting point for:
Loidis Ledes Leedes then Leeds. Natives of Leeds are known as Loiners
At he time of the Roman invasion of Britain, the area around current day Leeds was occupied by a Celtic British tribe called the Brigantes. They had a stong point at Caer Loid Coit (Leeds) guarding the Aire passage. The area between the Aire and the Wharfe was known as Elmet.
Other strong points consisting of trenches and earth works were at Barwick in Elmet and Aberford. Cock Beck forming a defensive line, Allthes defences were facing South. Most of the area was swamp and fenland. The defences were at points giving North / South routes.
This suggests they were built to resist the Romans. The Angles and Danes came from the East tending to use boats along the rivers, or across the Wolds of East Yorkshire.
The Romans built a road between Chester, Ilkley to Adel in Leeds, where a Roman Camp was established, and on to Thorner
Elmet wa an area of desolate moorland. Swillington, Garforth, Whinmoor, Bramham Aldwoodley, Eccup and Adel were all moors, swampland and morasses
|7th Century||King Edwin 616 633, a Bernicia and Deika (Northumbria and Yorkshire area) King, established a residence in what is now Leeds. Building up to a small Saxon village|
|731||The area of Loidis was a county seat. Later Ledes became the first corruption of this, later still became Leedes then Leeds. Natives of Leeds are known as Loiners|
|937||The battle of Brunanburgh. Though to have been near Wharfedale|
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