British archaeologist and Anglo‐Saxon scholar. Born near Peterborough, he was educated at Uppingham before going up to Magdalene College, Cambridge, to study the classics tripos. From 1900 to 1903 he was a cadet in the Federated Malay States service and spent some time in China learning Chinese. His health broke down in the Far East and he returned home to recuperate. A chance encounter with Arthur Evans in 1908 brought him an appointment as Assistant Keeper at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, a kind of work that delighted him. He went on to become Keeper of the Department of Antiquities and in 1928 Keeper of the Museum. While working at the Ashmolean, Leeds carried out fieldwork in the Oxford area and published numerous books and articles about the Anglo‐Saxon period especially, including The archaeology of Anglo‐Saxon settlements (1913, Oxford: Clarendon Press) and Early Anglo‐Saxon art and archaeology (1936, Oxford: Clarendon Press).
The Times, 18 August 1955