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Bardon Hall, entrance gates


Bardon Hall, entrance gates
Description:
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 and 1875 in the Victorian Gothic style. Thomas Simpson died in 1898 and 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 Hill was the building of a magnificent stable block. He died in 1920 aged 71. The house was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church and became the Bishops' House, residence for the Bishops of Leeds. Between 1951 and 1956 it was home to Cardinal John Heenan. It then became a primary school and was latterly called St. Urbans School. In 1999, the house and land were sold to a developer.

User Comments:

Name:
Kathy Dickinson

Comment:
My father was School Caretaker from 1958 till 1961 and the school name was OUR lady Primary We lived in the Stable Block When I married we held the wedding receptions in the School Canteen which was also in the Stable block The house had a wonderful staircase and Library lot of the victorian fittings where still there My Father had to light coal fires in the class rooms and had to carrie the coal up the back stairs I went back last year to see what had changed the Stable Block is now Apartments and the lovely grounds have now got houses and flats The house is now private " Happy Memories"

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Name:
Paul Dalzell

Comment:
The view in the photograph is of the gate house, the main building further up the driveway was the Catholic school. I was a pupil there between 1959 to 1966, and it was a wonderful place to go to school with extensive grounds and gardens. I remember the coal fires in some of the class rooms at the top of the house, although the lower rooms were heated by central heating. One of the classrooms was a formal dining room and was beautifully decorated with wood paneling. Since I lived in Meanwood, I originally used to walk to school through Meanwood Park with other pupils although a school bus was later provided. I was greatly saddened to hear that the diocese had sold the school in 1999 and that future generations of kids would not be able to enjoy going to school in such a lovely place.

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Name:
rosemary clancy

Comment:
I attended Our Ladys from 1984-1989. I am so sad to see what has become of it. It was a happy school. Mrs knowles was a lovel headteacher. What a shame'

Date:
31-Jan-2010

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Name:
angela hickman nee jones.

Comment:
I went to Our Lady`s RC School.At one time we used to get on and off a bus outside this building and walk up the drive to school.we had to be reallywell behaved.Or otherwise I would have to get off the public bus.near West Park and walk all the way up to the football pitch that ran alongside our school grounds.it was a long walk in all weathers.The stables were our school canteen,can remember walking out of the house and going into the old stables.This was in the late 50`s off hand not got the years.Now there are new houses there.I would love to see pictures of inside my old school.have perfect memories in my head of how old-fashjoned and posh really.

Date:
01-Jan-2011

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angelahickman@talktalk.net

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Name:
Mark Smith

Comment:
I went to school here from around 84 - 89. A while ago I tried to revisit the place but it is now all gated off. Does anyone have any pictures of the old school, internal or external. If so i'd love to see them?

Date:
11-Jan-2012

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Name:
S Johnson

Comment:
I never went to this school but i spent many a happy hour here with my friends on weekends mostly chasing the rabbits across the field! it was a magical place and I explored the whole area including the fields on which now lay the Health Club that borders Otley Road. I'm ashamed at what this place has become and it was probably one of the highlights of my youth. There used to be a rusting creaky metal gate that joined a stone alleyway up with the school grounds. I wish i could go back to those summers of my youth spent having fun on those grounds, a much nicer time to be alive and a place full of adventure.

Date:
04-Oct-2012

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Name:
PETE GRAHAM

Comment:
I also went to Our Lady's primary school from 1959 to 1966 and have many happy memories . . . like playing in the bottom field when the weather was great and of course the nit nurse in the library! oh happy days !

Date:
18-Nov-2012

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