Family’s house was a magnet for famous names
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.