A brief history of Ledston
Ledston is first mentioned in 1086, and on through the Middle Ages, in forms like Ledestun(e), Ledestona. The name seems to refer to Leeds (or the Old English precursor of this name, Loidis, which denoted a region rather than a town), meaning the tūn ('settlement, estate') belonging to Leeds.
Mary Pannal of Ledston was executed in 1603 as an accused witch.
Ledston or Ledstone Hall was the home of Lady Elizabeth Hastings, daughter of the 7th Earl of Huntingdon, known as "Lady Betty". The hall was originally a grange and chapel built by the monks of Pontefract Priory. It is a grade I listed building, and several associated buildings and garden features are also listed.
Ledston Hall featured in the television show Most Haunted:Live on 27 October 2007, but was called "Wheler Priory" for security reasons at the time (Wheler being the surname of the last family owning the hall).
Ledston is also home to the Ledston Equine Centre located in the stables of Ledston Hall.
Ledston lies to the east of the A656 road, and there was a railway station named after the village on the Castleford to Garforth line, though this station was actually adjacent to Allerton Bywater Colliery. The village also had a colliery named after it, Ledston Luck, which was connected to the railway via a narrow gauge railway line up to Peckfield Colliery in Micklefield. The colliery, like the railway station, was some distance away from the village from which it took its name, being actually only 0.6 miles (1 km) east of Kippax. Ledston Luck Colliery closed in 1986.
The White Horse Inn is a 15th-century public house. It was 2019 regional winner of North East Pubs in Bloom, and supports various local activities such as the Ledston in Bloom, a village competition and the Ledston Christmas lights switch on.
Ledston Parish Council has installed a community defibrillator in the village for use by the public on victims of sudden cardiac arrest (heart attacks). This device is accessible 24 hours a day. A defibrillator is a portable machine that automatically sends an electric shock to the heart muscle to return it to its normal rhythm
IMPORTANT: In the event of an emergency dial 999 and ask for an ambulance before you do anything else. The operator will confirm the location of the nearest defibrillator and give you the number code to unlock the door of the defibrillator cabinet and access the equipment.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE TRAINED TO USE THIS EQUIPMENT - THE DEVICE WILL TALK YOU THROUGH WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. REMEMBER TO DIAL 999 FIRST.
Where can I find the defibrillator? The device is located in the former red telephone box on Main Street.
What is a defibrillator? A defibrillator is a potentially life-saving device which delivers an electrical current that shocks the heart back into a normal rhythm following a sudden cardiac arrest. They are safe and easy to use and are wall-mounted in bright yellow metal boxes.
Why have a defibrillator? The device was installed by the Parish Council
Who paid for it And how will it be funded in the future? The defibrillator was paid for out of parish council funds. The parish council will be seeking Donations towards the maintenance and upkeep of the defibrillator in 2022/23.
Who supplied the unit? The Parish Council has teamed up with a national charity, the Community HeartBeat Trust, which already supplies defibrillators to parish councils and local groups elsewhere in the country. The Parish Council installed and owns the unit on behalf of the village and is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep. The equipment has to be regularly checked and replaced as necessary. We are very gratefully for the help and support of a local resident of Ledston who has volunteered to undertake this work for the village.