Historic Leeds house under hammer

The Manor, Manor Crescent, Beeston. PIC: Steve Riding
The Manor, Manor Crescent, Beeston. PIC: Steve Riding
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A Grade II-listed former manor house in south Leeds, part of which is believed to be the oldest secular building in Leeds, will be auctioned off next month.

The Manor House in Beeston, which is also known as Cad Beeston, dates back to the 15th Century and is currently split into two properties, having previously hosted offices.

The six-bedroom building will go under the hammer of William H Brown estate agents and auctioneers at Elland Road Stadium’s East Stand on Friday, December 6 at 12.30pm.

The Manor House features one of four large medieval halls that once dominated the area, along with Stank Hall, Cottingley Hall and Beeston Hall.

Phil Elliot, auctions manager for William H Brown, said: “The Manor House is a fascinating property and we have already seen a lot of interest from prospective buyers prior to its auction on December 6.

“As well as its long history, it has great potential for development.”

With a guide price of £175,000, the building has already attracted the attention of potential bidders.

It is situated in its own grounds and has off-street parking, two bathrooms, a shower room, an enclosed garden and a hall which is believed to date back as far as 1420.

And though Cottingley Hall and Beeston Hall have long been demolished, the auction has caught the attention of the Friends of Stank Hall Barn group, which is bidding to revive the building adjoining Stank Hall, in Dewsbury Road, Beeston.

Sarah Ottley-Hughes, from the group, said: “We are enormously lucky to have in Beeston two of the oldest surviving secular buildings in the Leeds area.”

She added that she hopes that the Manor House can be brought back into public hands, although she acknowledges that it would be “unlikely in the current financial climate”.

Call 0113 2537100 or visit www.williamhbrown.co.uk for further information or to arrange a viewing.

RENOVATION REVEALED HALL’S PAST

The timber framing beneath a crumbling brick facade revealed the Manor House’s extensive history back in 1985.

A sample of the building’s timber frame was examined by experts at the University of Nottingham, which revealed the age of the original construction through the science of dendrochronology – the study of the sequence of growth in tree rings.

After an investigation, the site’s terraced dwelling, town house and 15th Century Cad Beeston manor house were Grade II-listed.

The wood tested came from trees which grew for the final time in the summer of 1420, meaning they must have been felled between then and spring 1421, so the hall was likely built in the spring of 1421.