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Bardon Hall, entrance gates

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Bardon Hall, entrance gates
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30th January 1906 On Weetwood Lane, built on land which had been part of the Weetwood Hall estate. Thomas Simpson commissioned his cousin John Simpson to design Bardon Hall. It was built between 1873-75 in Victorian Gothic style. Thomas Simpson died in 1898, the property was purchased by Joseph Pickersgill in 1899. Pickersgill was a millionaire, having made his fortune as a race-horse owner and turf commissioner. He was also a partner in Chorley and Pickersgill printers who had the Electric Press building in Cookridge Street. His contribution to the development of Bardon Hall was the building of a magnificent stable block. He died in 1820 aged 71. The house was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church and became the Bishops' House, residence for the Bishops of Leeds. Between 1951-1956 it was home to Cardinal Heenan. It then became Our Lady's Primary School c. 1960s to 1980s, and St. Urbans School in the 1990s. In 1999, the house and land were sold to a developer and were made into private apartments. The stables were demolished.

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Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
I remember going to garden parties in the grounds when Bishop Heenan lived here. Later when it became Our Lady's Primary School, my three children, Paul, Anne and Michael were pupils here. The headmistress was Miss Monaghan at that time.

Date:
22-Dec-2010

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rondavies66@googlemail.com

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Name:
Angela Hickman nee Jones.

Comment:
Yes when we having sports days or even just a nice sunny day we could go sit in the field at the bottom of the garden.walking very carefully not to spoil anything!over the lawn where there was a big weeping willow on the right hand side as we passed.the building was magnificent. just as rondavies says.beautifull inside big staircase and banisters all wood.my mam donated our piano to it.maybe we could have an appreciation society!lovely memories we had a bottle green uniform.Are there any pictures anywhere of it I have a few but not inside.and nothing signicant of the building really.

Date:
01-Jan-2011

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Name:
Kathleen-Gargett-Corrigan

Comment:
I also attended Our Lady's. I remember Ms Monaghan, however when I was there, the Headmistress was Sister Mary Joseph. I wish I had a dime for every time I walked up and down that driveway.LOL

Date:
02-Jan-2011

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usnraf@yahoo.com

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Name:
John Harrison

Comment:
I was a pupil at the RC school here in the late 50s/early 60s. We lived in the next house down to the left of this picture, so I got to know Mrs Carlton who lived in this gatehouse well. She used to invite me in as an 8 year old to watch ghost stories on TV and eat digestives. She also showed me the constellations in the sky and once told me there was a wild panda roaming the woods. Magical memories! Sister Mary Joseph was a tiny, severe Scot who used to address assembly on a footstool, rather like the japanese officer in Bridge on the River Kwai...God rest her soul. Just behind this picture was/is a field that the school used for football. The slope was so severe, I remember taking corners without being able to look at the goal. Then there was the flying nun referee...

Date:
08-Jun-2012

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johnharrison10@gmail.com

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Name:
Dena Emsley

Comment:
I attended this school in the mid 70's to the early 80's. We used to walk up a ginnel to the right hand side of this house. I think the drive must have been privately owned by that time perhaps so we couldn't use it? The ginnel led to the bins at the top to the back of the house. The stables was where our dinning hall. crates and crates of tiny milk bottles outside the door. I remember they where in a really bad state then. I also remember having some of our plays in there. The inside of the main school was so beautiful. If you go to bagshaw museum just off Batley park the inside of the building is very reminiscent of it and brings back some great memories. I went back there in 1993 and it was still Our ladies catholic school then but it was in a very poor state and there was talk of selling up so it was our Ladies for much longer than stated in it's description. I remember the little Scottish nun I think and Mrs mercer was the needlework teacher. There was also Mr Curran. Not sure if that's how you spell them.

Date:
25-Jan-2014

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dena2312@talktalk.net

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