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Construction of Gledhow Valley Road (Gledhow) (2 comments)
Black & White image16th October 1925. Raised woodland to the left. Five small wood rods stick out of the earth where the road is being built. Two mounds of earth to right. Makeshift tracks head off north in two directions. Dense woodland to the right.
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Gledhow Beck, near Gledhow Valley Lake (Gledhow)
Black & White image5th April 1956. View of Gledhow Beck which feeds Gledhow Valley Lake and runs along and beneath Gledhow Valley Road. The stone-lined beck appears to be undergoing repair and two weirs can be seen. The semi-detached houses in the background are in Gledhow Valley Road.
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Gledhow Hall at the Junction of Gledhow Lane and Lidgett Lane, 'Little Switzerland (Gledhow) (10 comments)
Black & White imageUndated, A view of Gledhow Hall possibly early 1900s. The land was originally monastic and was purchased from Elizabeth I by the Thwaites family. The Hall eventually came into possession of Liberal, James Kitson the first Lord Mayor of Leeds and head of the Monkbridge Iron and Steel Company. It was used as a military hospital during the First World War.
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Gledhow Hall, Sir James Kitson (Gledhow)
Black & White image1907 SIr James Kitson in his study at Gledhow Hall. In this year he was elevated to the peerage as Lord Airedale, after serving as a Liberal MP for the Colne Valley from 1892 to 1907. He was chairman of the family firm, Kitson and Company Limited, Airedale Foundry and the Monkbridge Iron and Steel Works. He died in Paris, on 16th March, 1911 and death duties came to £150,000
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Gledhow Hall, Sir James Kitson (Gledhow) (2 comments)
Black & White image1905. 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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