'Loiners' are people from Leeds. There are three theories on the origin of the name: Loiner could derive from the name Loidis (in use by the eighth century for the district around modern-day Leeds). Another explanation says that in the 19th century there were many yards and closes around Briggate whose back entrances were known as Low Ins or Loins, hence Loiner. A third theory is that, in the area of Briggate, locals referred to numerous nearby streets as 'loins' in the local accent, as a corruption of the word 'lanes'. People who gathered in these loins to gossip were therefore termed Loiners.