Ralph Thoresby states in his Ledis Ducatus that
(Gallow Hill) On the North side of York Lane (York Road); West broom hill extending to Colcotes lane, is the Boundary of the Manor of Leeds; thence betwixt the Lands belonging to the Lordship of Potter-Newton on the North and of John Falkingham, Esq on the South; the Survey (Survey of the Leeds Manor underatken in the 1620s) directs us to a little Beck that comes from Gipton Well and thence along the Brook Westward, y Little Wil-dykes, to Sheepscar Lane and the Great Wil=dykes ... Upon the Black Bank was the Campus Sceleratus, which from its Use in former Ages, does, to this Day, reatin the name of Gallow hill, as being the place of execution before the Furca or Power of Hanging was taken away from the Lords. Whether a Pitt has been there also, to drown the Women Thieves. I cannot learn at so graet a distance of time.
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