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Bank Street, Jacobean House (Morley)
Colour imageUndated. This Jacobean House on Bank Street was built about the time of the Commonwealth Government. On the preservation order it is listed as numbers 78 and 80 Bank Street - one part being called Yew Tree House and one part Swinden House. In fact it has been two houses corresponding with these numbers since the Second World War, but for most of its existence it has been a single house with one or other of the names mentioned. It is thought that Yew Tree House was built by Richard Huntington, who emigrated to New England during the reign of Charles ll. The house was then bought by Edmund Waller, the Restoration poet, as a retreat from the court of Charles ll for his daughter Dorothy, who suffered from a deformity of the spine. It is stated that she travelled from home to Morley Old Chapel on Troy Hill by means of a Sedan chair, and that on her death in 1717 she bequeathed the house to the Minister at the Old Chapel, Timothy Aldred, who is also buried in the churchyard there. He was Minister at the old chapel for over fifty years and spent much of his time at Yew Tree House. In the 1830s the house became the property of a prominent Morley doctor, Dr. Swinden, and, because of his activity for the local Board of Health and various committees, the house then became known as Swinden House. Dr. Swinden tried to persuade Norrisson Scatcherd to leave the Old Chapel and join him at the new parish church of St. Peter's. In the 1880s the house was occupied by the Misses Green who had a clothing business in Morley Bottoms. At this time the house was seen to be constructed of large sandstone blocks, but, about 1900, it was cement rendered with the walls being about 60cm (2 feet) thick. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Bank Street, Yew Tree House (Morley) (3 comments)
Black & White imageC 1890s. View of Yew Tree House on Bank Street, built by Richard Huntington in about 1650. It was later occupied by Miss Dorothy Waller, daughter of poet and politician Edmund Waller, a devout worshipper at the Old Chapel who left the house to the Rev. Timothy Aldred, Minister at the Old Chapel for 54 years. After his death in 1773 the house passed to the Rayner family then in the early 19th century it was occupied by Dr. John Swinden. The house was later split into two separate dwellings, no. 78 Bank Street taking the name Swinden House and no. 80 retaining the name Yew Tree House. At the time of the photograph no. 78 was occupied by the Misses Green (possibly the women in the picture), who had a clothing shop in Morley Bottoms, while no. 80 was the home of Joseph Kirk, woollen manufacturer of Crank Mills. The house is still standing and is now listed. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Bank Street, Yew Tree House (Morley) (1 comment)
Colour imageJanuary 1965. In the bottom right hand corner of this photograph, workers are approaching Prospect Mill via Prospect Yard which ran from Bank Street to the mill passing Yew Tree House, shown here. Yew Tree House is a listed building that dates back to the mid 17th century. Nowadays it is divided into two dwellings with no. 78 sometimes being called Swinden House. When Dr. Swinden lived here in the 1830s he would have a good view of Morley House which belonged to his friend Norrisson Scatcherd. The walls of the house are about 2 feet thick and since about 1900 have been cement rendered. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Bank Street, Yew Tree House (Morley) (1 comment)
Colour imageUndated. Yew Tree House, Bank Street, Morley, as seen from the front garden. Built in Jacobean style about the Commonwealth Period, the house was lived in by a family called Huntington who it is thought emigrated to New England. It was then bought by Edmund Waller, a Restoration poet, for his sister Dorothy, a hunchback whom he did not wish to have around him at court. She attended Morley Old Chapel, being taken there in a sedan chair, until she died in 1717. She left the home to the Rev. Timothy Aldred, the vicar at the Old Chapel for over 50 years, who lived there and, like Dorothy, was buried in the Old Chapel graveyard. In the early 19th century Yew Tree House became the home of Dr. Swinden when its name was changed to Swinden House. Later still the Misses Green who had a drapery and clothing shop in Morley Bottoms lived there, and sometime about 1900 it changed hands again and was cement rendered at the front but not quite all the way round. Nowadays it is two separate houses again, nos. 78 and 80 Bank Street, both listed. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Ellerby Lane, junction with Spring Close Street (Richmond Hill)
Colour image2007. View of Ellerby Lane showing the junction with Spring Close Street. The Spring Close, a Tetley's public house, is situated by the junction on the right. Further along Ellerby Lane to the left is another public house, the Yew Tree. Image courtesy of Leslie Cole.
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