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Rockley Hall

Rockley Hall was situated on the Lower Head Row, near the junction with Vicar Lane. On the 1847 Ordnance Survey map it is shown as being in the north east corner of Rockley Hall Yard. Rockley Hall was originally owned by the Rockley family, who were an important Leeds family. They were the only family to have their own chapel, the Rockley Quire, in the Parish Church.  Henry Rockley, who died in 1502, was a leading townsman in the fifteenth century. He was bailiff of the town, farmed the manorial oven and leased land in the manorial park.

The house became part of the North Hall estate, and in 1603 was owned by the Falkingham family who sold it to John Harrison, the Leeds benefactor. When he died it was held in trust until the end of the nineteenth century when it came into the possession of the Leeds Estates Company.

Ralph Thoresby, writing in 1715, when the House was already old says 'It was a Timber-Building, and of the most Antique form of any I have seen: Instead of Deals or Boards for the Floors, were Oak-Plants of so considerable a Thickness that joists were made of them for part of the new  Brick-Building that succeeds it in name as well as place.'

Most of Rockley Hall and its outbuildings were demolished in the nineteenth century, but in 1982 an early seventeenth century roof, thought to be part of the hall was found when a dry cleaners premises was converted to the Sang Sang Chinese Restaurant.
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Rockley Hall
Rockley Hall
Timber framed buildings in Rockley Hall Yard
Timber framed buildings in Rockley Hall Yard
Site of Rockley Hall
Site of Rockley Hall




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