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Cookridge Hall (Cookridge) (1 comment)
Black & White image1986 Cookridge Hall and estate had belonged to the Kirke family, it was sold in 1722, the new owner being Edmund Sheffield of Normanby, Lincolnshire. It was purchased by his mother Catherine, third wife of the Duke of Buckingham and Normanby. Edmund is thought to have visited the estate in 1725, he died of consumption (T.B.) in Rome 10 years later. He was the last of the direct Sheffield line, but an illegitimate son of the Duke had been named heir in 1721, having taken the name Sheffield under the Dukes will. This was Charles Herbert Sheffield. The Duchess contested this until her death in 1743. Cookridge Hall remained in the Sheffield family for almost a hundred years.
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Cookridge Hall (Cookridge)
Black & White image1986 East side of the Hall, seen from the kitchen garden. An old schoolhouse which was demolished in the late 1700s was situated close to the right hand end of the Hall.
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Cookridge Hall (Cookridge)
Black & White image1986 This is the rear of the Hall, showing window details. The paler colour stonework creates a vertical line, marking the edge of the 17th century house on the left and later 18th century extension to the right. On the ground floor an original mullion window from the 17th century is to the left, the windows above dating from around 1700. Later, from 1820 Richard Wormald replaced 17th century mullioned windows.
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Cookridge Hall (Cookridge) (10 comments)
Black & White image4th August 1949. View of the front entrance to Cookridge Hall, a stone built mansion partly covered in ivy. The site is an ancient one. Angles named the area Cookridge, meaning "Cwica's strip of land" and we can perhaps assume some settlement within the locality of the present Hall. Written evidence certainly indicates a medieval dwelling here. During the 12th and 13th centuries the shrewd Cisterian monks of Kirkstall acquired land in Cookridge and for three hundred years improved the stock which thrived upon it by careful, industrious management. Ralph Thoresby, the Leeds antiquarian, stated that Cookridge was part of Kirkstall's dairy farm. In 1538, aware of Henry Vlll's impending closure of Kirkstall, the monks leased Cookridge Grange (a farm where the hall now stands) to a Thomas Middleton. The Grange would be a wooden building. Two years later Henry's rent collector named a Richard Wood as "husbandsman" at the Grange. Eventually (1583) The Grange passed to the Kirke family, yeoman farmers and clothiers, whose improving status was reflected in their expanding flocks. The Kirke family lived in the Grange throughout the 17th century and as time progressed a stone building replaced the wooden one - a hall with farm attached and the yeoman's Kirkes became gentlemen! It was Thomas Kirke who created the famous geometrical maze of paths in Moseley Wood which became such a popular attraction throughout the England of his day. In 1722 the property was sold to the Sheffield's of Normanby in Lincolnshire. It was the age of great estates bought by powerful, often absentee landlords. The Hall was visited once a year by Sir Charles Sheffield, when bills for horses, hay and housekeeping rose considerably! It was Sir Charles who had the Hall altered to its present style in 1754. Tenants occupied the hall for most of the 18th and early 19th centuries, one of whom was Richard Wormald, wealthy woollen merchant, who eventually brought the property in 1820. The Wormald's were numbered among those influential families who contributed to the early progress and affluence of Leeds during the industrial revolution. Growing problems of maintenance led to Major Wormald selling the house in 1919. The Hall was bought by the Paul family who owned a tannery on Kirkstall Road. They retained it until 1954 when it was sold and converted into a home for epileptic patients which opened in 1974. The 70 acres of surrounding land was later sold to Cookridge Hall Golf Course which opened in 1990. The Hall itself was then sold and extensively refurbished to create the Esporta Health and Fitness Club which opened in 1997.
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Cookridge Hall Country Club, opening ceremony (Cookridge)
Colour image1st September 1997 Councillor Linda Middleton, Lord Mayor of Leeds, and Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Dean Bell, open the Cookridge Hall Golf and Country Club on Cookridge Lane, watched by Leeds Rhinos' players. This was one of the many functions attended by Councillor Middleton during her Mayoral year of 1997-98.
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