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Knostrop Old Hall, entrance


Knostrop Old Hall, entrance
Description:
Undated. View of Knostrop Old Hall showing entrance and stone seats to either side of the steps. Knostrop Hall was built by Adam Baynes (1620-1670), an officer in the Parliamentary Army during the Commonwealth period and became MP for Leeds in 1644. He married Martha Dawson and they lived at Knostrop Hall. It became the home of Leeds artist John Atkinson Grimshaw in 1870. (The figure seated to the right of the top of the steps is believed to be Atkinson Grimshaw). It was lived in up until 1959 where it had become the oldest tenanted building. It was sold in 1960 for £50 and was then demolished. Photograph by Wormald of Leeds.

User Comments:

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Paul Crowther

Comment:
Compare this view with image no.8754 by Alf Mattison. The 1908 Mattison photo shows plenty of changes to the driveway. In fact,this image shows the Old Hall as it was about 15 years earlier. The man in the photo is actually the artist Atkinson Grimshaw himself. It's probably the last photo taken of him before his death in 1894. He was declared bankrupt around 1879 through having guaranteed a loan to a friend which was defaulted upon. This probably explains why, in the user comments for image 8214, an estate agent is described as being in residence in the property in the 1881 census. Grimshaw's grandson - Guy Ragland Phillips - told me that in the 1880's 'bailiffs' lived in the property alongside Grimshaw's family. Another version of this photo was in Guy Phillips possession. I think he gave or sold it and other Grimshaw material to the Leeds City Art Gallery. This is an image of real historical interest.

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denise nottingham

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Please could anyone enlighten me as to when the Benn's lived at Knostrop, who they were and how they came to be tenants there in ? circa 1930s late 1920's. My mother Barbara Benn's Uncle Ned was apparently the Gardner at Knostrop Hall. Grateful for any info.

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Susan Carthew (nee Hey)

Comment:
I can remember playing in the demolished gardens of The Old Hall, what a shame no-one had the foresight to save this wonderful building. I use to live in the first house on the left as you got to the bottom of Knostrop Lane, it was called Elder Cottage and there was a detached next to ours, and then a yard that opened up with cottages set around the yard, and these belonged to the Estate of Temple Newsam, and I can remember one of the family member's getting married and the tenant's were invited to their celebrations. Their were open fields at the back of our house. At the top of the lane, on the left was an old stone building, which I understood belonged to Lewis's, and we knew it as lewis's laboratories, and they had beautiful rhodendrum bushes in their garden. Across from our cottage, a bit further down was a barrel works, it was called 'Fieldings', and the caretaker there was called Mrs. Mudd, she had a son called David. Previous to it being a barrel works it was a childrens orphanage. Then further down the lane, round the corner from The Old Hall, on the right hand side was a farm, the family that had it then was called 'Tillotson', their daughter was called Wendy, as she was friends with my sister. Looking on this web-site brought back many memories. I do have a photo of our cottage.

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Paul Kelly

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My Father worked at Cross Green abattoir right up to it's closure in the 1980's. I remember Mr Author Tillotson who lived at the farm at Knostrop bringing his animals for slaughter to the abattoir in his old wagon. I also remember the farm on the corner of Knostrop Lane but cannot remember Knostrop Hall.

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Peter Dyson

Comment:
I have a school prize from St Michael's College awarded to my father in 1906. In it my father wrote his address as "New Hall Knostrop". I wonder where this was.

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17-Feb-2010

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Peter Dyson

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I have found New Hall on a 1906 Ordnance Survey map. It is near Old Hall and opposite St Saviour's Home (possibly an orphage).

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17-Feb-2010

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John

Comment:
My mother stayed here with her sister between 1932 and 1938. The front lawn was called th Halfpenny lawn. Named after someone finding a halfpenny on it

Date:
28-Jan-2012

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Name:
Julia Blatchford

Comment:
Susan Carthew (nee Hey)- I hope you see this!! I have found a family member of mine living in Elder Cottage, Knostrop Lane in 1911. The family were called Henry and were relatives of Joseph Henry, Lord Mayor of Leeds from 1918-1919. If you have a photo of Elder Cottage I would love to see it. Thanks!

Date:
29-Feb-2012

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juliablatchford@gmail.com

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BC

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I can remember delivering a package here either as a telegraph messenger or postman driver{memory fades} to Lewis's Labs.It was a rather rundown building.Inside I seem to recall several ladies sitting round a vat filling small bottles with somesort of patent lotion.It was winter and all rather eerie

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18-Aug-2012

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peter laycock

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l think my uncle lived here in the 1950 the hall was divided into two flats one either side of the stiarcase his name was dennis laycock and he had a daughter called christine born 23/2/1951 l think these facts are correct but if anybody can correct then please do

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04-Jan-2014

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