Fam­ily’s house was a mag­net for fa­mous names

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The East Wing, Gled­how House, Round­hay, Leeds. Price: £625,000. Con­tact: Carter Jonas, Leeds. Tel: 0113 203 1090, www.carter­jonas.co.uk THIS charm­ing prop­erty of­fers a se­cluded oa­sis in the soughtafter Leeds sub­urb of Round­hay and is for sale for the first time since 1930. It has been in the same fam­ily since Ernest Bur­rows bought what was one of the Gled­how Hall es­tate’s prime prop­er­ties. It was con­sid­ered grand then, but he set about trans­form­ing it into an even grander home.

Ernest, who owned a fac­tory in Dews­bury, added the huge bay win­dows and an In­glenook style fire­place, along with a host of other fea­tures and im­prove­ments.

Over the years, the prop­erty, which is set in an acre of land, has been split into two to ac­com­mo­date var­i­ous branches of the fam­ily and now the East Wing is be­ing sold by Ernest’s daugh­ter Pamela Heaton, who is down­siz­ing.

Her daugh­ter Sarah Aitken, who grew up in the house, re­mem­bers a host of fa­mous vis­i­tors and a very dif­fer­ent Round­hay.

She says; “When I was a child, there used to be a dairy just up Lid­gett Lane. Just off Jack­son Av­enue and Roper Av­enue there was a green gro­cer called Per­rins, a Thrift store and also a Post Of­fice, butcher and bak­ery. These have all gone and now only the pa­rade of shops on Lid­gett Lane and Gled­how Lane re­main for lo­cal use.”

Over the years nu­mer­ous well known fig­ures have vis­ited Gled­how House, through busi­ness con­nec­tions and friend­ship. These in­clude Sarah’s great-un­cle Sir Fred­er­ick Heaton – chair­man of Thomas Till­ing Ltd, now known as Aviva In­surance; Is­rael Seiff, who played an in­te­gral part in the early years of Marks and Spencer and Lord Jack Co­hen, the founder of Tesco.

Billy Brem­ner, Jackie Charl­ton, and Gary Sprake, part of the vic­to­ri­ous Leeds United Foot­ball team in the 1970s, were also vis­i­tors to Gled­how House.

The East Wing, which needs some up­dat­ing, has a re­cep­tion hall, cloak­room, sit­ting room, din­ing room, kitchen, store room and dairy. Up­stairs there are four bed­rooms and an Art Deco house bath­room

Out­side there is an acre of gar­den and out­build­ings.

The south fac­ing walled gar­den is com­pletely pri­vate and is screened by ma­ture trees and shrubs. “It’s a lovely place to live. “It is in Round­hay but once you go through the gates you could be any­where,” says Sarah.

“It is so se­cluded.”

Gled­how House in Round­hay, Leeds. The re­cep­tion hall of the East Wing. Mem­bers of Sarah Aitken’s fam­ily at the house in the 1940s. The fam­ily has owned the prop­erty since 1930.

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