Fit for a fu­ture queen, this house boasts royal ties

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Hard Gap, Main Street, Lin­ton, near Wetherby. Price: £1.8m. Con­tact: Bead­nall Co­p­ley, tel: 01937 580850, www. bead­nall­cop­ley.co.uk

THE Duchess of Cam­bridge may have been la­belled “mid­dle class” and a “com­moner” be­fore her mar­riage to Prince Wil­liam, but her York­shire an­ces­tors were wealthy and well-con­nected, and this beau­ti­ful house is part of their legacy.

It was built for a mem­ber of the Lup­ton fam­ily in 1930 in a sen­sa­tional lo­ca­tion close to the River Wharfe.

The Lup­tons, rel­a­tives on her fa­ther Michael’s side, were a rich and suc­cess­ful man­u­fac­tur­ing fam­ily based in Leeds. They mixed with the up­per classes and rubbed shoul­ders with roy­alty.

Her great great grand­fa­ther Fran­cis Martineau Lup­ton and her great great un­cle Sir Charles Lup­ton were both at Cam­bridge and Sir Charles founded the law firm DLA Piper. Michael Mid­dle­ton’s great grand­fa­ther was brought up at Beech­wood, a Ge­or­gian man­sion in Round­hay, Leeds, and his great un­cle Hugh was Lord Mayor of Leeds.

Shirley Lawrenson, who bought Hard Gap 13 years ago, says: “The house was built for a mem­ber of the Lup­ton fam­ily but, sadly, he died in a rid­ing ac­ci­dent be­fore he could move in and so it was kept by the Lup­ton’s but let for many years.”

The prop­erty also boasts an­other royal con­nec­tion. Princess Mar­garet once stayed there when vis­it­ing for­mer Lord Lieu­tenant of West York­shire, the late John Lyles.

“He showed her the gar­den and she asked him the name of a par­tic­u­lar rose. He told her it was named af­ter the Queen Mother,” says Shirley, who bought the prop­erty af­ter be­ing cap­ti­vated by the stun­ning, south-fac­ing gar­den.

Shirley and her hus­band, who are keen gar­den­ers, also added a kitchen ex­ten­sion, an Aga and re­moved the back stair­case, while tak­ing care to pre­serve the many pe­riod fea­tures.

The house has a re­cep­tion hall, cloak­room, draw­ing room, din­ing room, mu­sic room, snug, gar­den room, con­ser­va­tory, break­fast kitchen, util­ity room, gym and stor­age cel­lars. Up­stairs, there is a mas­ter bed­room with his and hers dress­ing rooms and an en-suite bath­room, four dou­ble bed­rooms and a house bath­room. Out­side, there is an at­tached dou­ble garage, work­shop, gar­dens and wood­land along with two acres that slope down to the River Wharfe, with fish­ing and boat­ing rights.

Mr and Mrs Lawrenson are sell­ing to down­size.

Hard Gap is a beau­ti­ful 1930s prop­erty, con­nected to the Duchess of Cam­bridge, pic­tured with Prince Wil­liam and Prince Ge­orge.

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