Hosforth is a small civil parish town in the City of Leeds borough in West Yorkshire. The town lies to the north west of Leeds city centre and has a population of 18,928. In the 19th century Horsforth was considered to have the largest population of any village in the United Kingdom. The town has strong transport links between Harrogate and Leeds for commuters to the cities.
The town was first mentioned in scripture during the Domesday Book in 1086. Horsforth's name is said to derive from the Old English "hors" or "horsa" which translates to horses, plus a ford. This is believed to refer to the River Aire that runs through the town. It was once used to transport woollen goods to and from Bradford and Shipley. A ford was constructed during this time period which was later demolished and replaced by a footbridge in the 19th century.