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Gledhow Hall, Sir James Kitson

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Gledhow Hall
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Gledhow Hall, Sir James Kitson
1905. Sir James Kitson with a group of family and friends stand beside a chauffeur driven car outside Gledhow Hall, Roundhay. Sir James Kitson Bt. was raised to the peerage in 1907 as Lord Airedale, 1st Baron Airedale of Gledhow. Sir James is seen in the foreground with top hat. Standing either side of him is his son Albert (later Lord Airedale, also in top hat) and his daughter Emily. In 1911, Albert inherited his father's Barony, including Gledhow Hall where he lived with his wife, Baroness Airedale (nee Florence von Schunck). They had been married on 23 January 1890 at the Unitarian Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds. The Yorkshire Post reported that wedding guests included Herbert Gladstone, son of Prime Minister William Gladstone and Leeds politician, Francis Martineau Lupton, who was the first cousin of Lady Airedale's mother - Baroness von Schunck (nee Kate Lupton). Francis Martineau Lupton was the great great grandfather of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Francis Martineau's first cousin (1R) was Sir Thomas Martineau - the uncle of WW2 Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Baroness von Schunck died in 1913 at Gledhow Wood Estate which was adjacent to Gledhow Hall. Painted by J.M.W. Turner in 1816, Gledhow Hall was used as a VAD (Military) hospital during WW1. Lord Airedale, 1st Baron Airedale was one of the leading industrialists of his age and chairman of the family firm Kitson and Company limited, Airedale Foundry and the Monkbridge Iron and Steelworks. Other country estates surrounding Gledhow Hall were Gledhow Grange and Hawkhills, Gledhow Lane - both the homes of solicitor William Middleton Esq. Ann, the wife of wealthy wool manufacturer William Lupton, died in 1865 at Gledhow Mount Mansion. The Lupton family seat "Beechwood", was also nearby - although much of the farmland had been sold by the 1950's to create the Leeds township Seacroft. In 2014, the Beechwood Estate, along with its former stables and gatehouse, houses numerous offices.

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