The Seacroft Scroll, 2018
The Seacroft Scroll is a 4 metre long publication that charts the history of the area.
Seacroft, Leeds, was originally a small farming settlement. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Archaeological finds, including Roman coins and a Neolithic hand axe offer evidence of earlier habitation. The monks of Kirkstall Abbey held land in the area during the Middle Ages and in 1643, a civil was battle took place here resulting in the loss of over a thousand men.
It is currently one of the largest estates of housing built by the local authority in the country. As part of Leeds City Council’s social housing programme, Seacroft emerged in the mid 20th Century as ‘a satellite town within the city boundary’.
Stories include the Battle of Winwaed in AD 655 and the Queen’s visit to open the new Civic Centre in AD 1965. When rolled up tightly the scroll can be carried in your pocket – but it contains stories and images co-created with a wide range of Seacroft residents.
We are very proud that the Seacroft Scroll has even found a place on Wikipedia as part of the History of Seacroft.