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Potternewton Hall, Potternewton Lane

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Potternewton Hall, Potternewton Lane
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Undated. Image shows a five bayed early Georgian Mansion built in the early 1700s by the Barker family. This was originally the site of Mauleverer's old seat. The hall had been the residence of Leeds Mayor Darnton Lupton since the 1830s and by 1860 the hall was owned by his brother, Francis Lupton. Francis soon settled his family at his farming estate, Beechwood, and eventually leased Potternewton Hall to the Nussey family. As with the Luptons, a member of the Nussey family had been Mayor of Leeds; Obadiah Nussey in 1863. Like the Luptons, the Nussey family were wealthy woollen merchants and manufacturers; Richard Nussey owned two mills in Meadow Lane, Leeds. Both the Nusseys and Luptons were members of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. When living at Potternewton Hall, Samuel L. Nussey regularly entertained both his friends and extended family. His cousin was Ellen Nussey of Birstall, near Leeds. Ellen was the life-long friend of novelist Charlotte Bronte. The Nussey family remained in residence at Potternewton Hall until the 1930s. The hall and its gardens were demolished in 1935 to make way for the private housing development, Riviera Gardens, which were flat-roofed, white-rendered houses in "modernistic" style. Immediately to the west of Potternewton Hall there was another substantial house called Newton Lodge which was demolished to make way for Newton Lodge Drive. In October 1935 G.F. Greenwood a York Antique Dealers offered for sale an 'old pannelled room from the Georgian Mansion Potternewton Hall c.1720'. The room was bought and reassembled at Sutton Park , near York, as the Morning Room.

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C

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I used to own a house on Riviera Gardens, and the deeds showed that Potternewton Hall stood on the plots of land which became Newton Lodge Drive and Riviera Gardens. The building itself stood on Newton Lodge Drive as far as I could tell, and faced in the direction of the ginnel which runs between Riviera Gardens and St. Martin's Drive/St. Martin's Grove (which were market gardens in 1935, according to the plan on the deeds).

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16-Aug-2011

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pnutt1

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That was newton hall,potternewton hall was where potternewton court is near the flats,still remnants of a semi circular garden wall opposite potternewton heighs.

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11-May-2015

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Susan

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One might imagine that Potternewton Hall would have been in Potternewton Park, but according to the 1906 OS map, both Potternewton Hall and Newton Hall were some distance from the park but close to each other. Newton Hall seems to have been the larger of the two, and had an entrance from Chapeltown Road close to St Martin's church, where one of its gate lodges still stands at the corner of St Martins View. The entrance gate for Potternewton Hall was off Potternewton Lane, pretty much directly opposite the end of Henconner Lane, and the house must have stood at the southern end of what is now Riviera Gardens - the modern road pretty much exactly traces the track of the entrance drive. Newton Hall was a little to the east, and a marked drive or path north to south between Newton Hall and Potternewton Hall would seem to have become the ginnel that runs up the east side of St Martin's Gardens and on to join Potternewton Lane. Confusingly there was also a Potternewton House on the north side of Potternewton Lane. When I was a small child in the late 1950s I lived in St Martin's Gardens and attended Chapeltown County Primary School. We used to walk to school along this ginnel each day - our house (no 35) had a gate from its back yard into the ginnel. Across the ginnel and within sight of my bedroom window was a large house called I think Penraevon, which at that time I think was offices of the water board.

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22-Jan-2016

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In my previous comment I made a mistake in the name of the house that stood east of St Martins Gardens and was water board offices. I think it was Rockland, not Penraevon, which stood somewhat to the south east of Rockland.

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