De­tec­tive work un­cov­ered story be­hind pic­tures from the past

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the house. It be­came clear that this was a happy place and Mr Atkin­son was a re­ally nice man, who was sen­si­tive and in­tel­li­gent and I think you can see that in the pic­tures of him.

“It was in­ter­est­ing to see old pho­to­graphs of the rooms and the sum­mer house, which also came from Saw­ley Hall. That was derelict on a bit of the land that had been sold off but I took the leaded win­dows hop­ing that I could re­build it in the gar­den. There was so much work to do I didn’t get round to it.”

That could be a pro­ject for the next owner. Martin and Janet are sell­ing up af­ter 38 years to down­size.

“It’s too big for us now the chil­dren are grown up but we are leav­ing with re­gret. It has been a very happy fam­ily home,” says Martin, who will be leav­ing a copy of Colin Gor­don’s book and a DVD of the doc­u­men­tary as a re­minder of the prop­erty’s glo­ri­ous pic­to­rial past. COM­PANY gyms are com­mon but one of­fice in Ripon boasts its own all-weather ten­nis court.

Pre­mier House on Col­lege Road is a mod­ern, pur­pose-built of­fice in the grounds of the for­mer Ripon Col­lege. The prop­erty and its court are up for auc­tion with a guide price of £225,000.

Also in the Feather, Smales and Scales auc­tion on Au­gust 1 are a detached bun­ga­low in Pan­nal guided at £180,000; a detached pe­riod house with out­build­ings in Mar­ton cum Grafton that re­quires ren­o­va­tion, guided at £390,000; and a three-bed­room detached cot­tage on a large plot at Kirkby Malzeard guided at £400,000.

The auc­tion will take place at The Pavil­ions, Har­ro­gate. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. fssprop­erty.co.uk

Fir Tree House, in Huby, be­tween Leeds and Har­ro­gate, which fea­tured in the late teacher Colin Gor­don’s book about its owner Al­fred Atkin­son, an am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher who cap­tured his fam­ily life there early in the last cen­tury in a se­ries of re­mark­able pic­tures. The fire­places re­main as they were in Ed­war­dian times.

From left to right, Al­fred Atkin­son at the head of the ta­ble with his fam­ily in the sum­mer house, 1906; the fire­place at Fir Tree House,1910; the Atkin­son daugh­ters and their friends at play.

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