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Gledhow Hall, Woods and Lake :: Shared Description

Gledhow Hall lies north-east of Leeds city center but within the urban limits of the city. Pre-Reformation in origin but mainly dating from 1766 and grade II * listed, it has had many owners over the years including James Kitson, First Lord Mayor of Leeds in the 19th century, but has more recently been converted into apartments.

Gledhow Lake occupies part of the valley bottom below the hall. It formed part of an 18th century landscaping project under Jeremiah Dixon of Gledhow Hall. The designer was Thomas White the Elder, the lake being in serpentine form after the fashion of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. This was once a boating lake but since renewal in the 1950s is now a nature reserve and flood attenuation reservoir.

Gledhow Valley Woods occupy the bottom and part of the eastern side of the small valley of the Gledhow Beck. The hillside was formerly used for small-scale quarrying of building stone from the Elland Flag beds from the 18th century until the 1930s. Gledhow hall itself, and several other buildings in Leeds, were built of this stone.

At the southern end of the woods is the former Gipton Spa (an 18th century bathing house), grade II listed but disused.

The Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods was set up in 1996 to promote the area.

Sources: interpretation boards on site; Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods Link
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Created: Fri, 5 Jun 2020, Updated: Fri, 5 Jun 2020

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