Detective work uncovered story behind pictures from the past
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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