Buslingthorpe, Yorkshire

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West Riding
Norma Hutchinson Park, Buslingthorpe
Grid reference: SE304353
Location: 53°48’49"N, 1°32’18"W
Post town: Leeds
Postcode: LS7
Dialling code: 0113
Local Government
Council: Leeds
Leeds Central

Buslingthorpe is a village which has become an area of Leeds, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It is about one mile north of the city centre. Much of the housing in the area was demolished by slum clearance in the 1950s.


The name of Buslingthorpe is first attested in 1258 as Buselingtorpe. It is possible that the place borrowed its name from Buslingthorpe in Lincolnshire, but thought more likely that the two names were coined independently, from the Old French personal name Buselin and the word thorpe ('secondary settlement, outlying farmstead'.[1]

Buslingthorpe and its Lincolnshire namesake share a possibly unique quality with Buckfastleigh, in Devon: their name contains 13 different letters, exactly half the alphabet, none repeated and with no hyphenation. The writer wondered if it was unique.[2][3]

Buslingthorpe's recreation ground was named Norma Hutchinson Park in 2009 to commemorate Jamaican-born councillor Norma Hutchinson who died in 2004.


Buslingthorpe was an ecclesiastical parish from 1849 to 1955.[4] Between 1870 and 1872, it was a chapelry in the parish of Leeds, with a population of 4,548 living in 998 houses.[5]

The Church of St Michael was built in 1852-1854 on Buslingthorpe Lane and demolished in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The architect was O. W. Burleigh, of Leeds.[6]

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  1. Harry Parkin, Your City's Place-Names: Leeds, English Place-Name Society City-Names Series, 3 (Nottingham: English Place-Name Society, 2017), p. 31.
  2. Askew, H. (1932-11-26). "Buslingthorpe Place-Name". Notes and Queries clxiii: 389. 
  3. The Strand Magazine, 1921
  4. "Buslingthorpe EP". A vision of Britain through time. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit/10407321. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  5. "Descriptive Gazetteer entry for Buslingthorpe". A vision of Britain through time. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/25421. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  6. "Buslingthorpe St Michael". The Bells of the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds: Lost churches. http://www.riponandleedsbells.org.uk/buslingthorpe_st_michael.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-25.