WETHERBY ROAD, Roundhay
(West side (off))
Roundhay Grange including barn adjoining to south
Farmhouse and attached outbuilding. Outbuilding C17, farmhouse
late C18, altered mid C19 and c1915. Coursed gritstone rubble,
stone slate roofs and timber-frame.
Late C18 farmhouse with alterations mid C19 and c1915 for
Roland Dudley Kitson; the outbuilding is the C17 wing of an
earlier house and retains timber-framing of the C16 or
The C18 range is of 2 storeys and 5 windows, on the N side of
the farm yard, with a 2-bay wing projecting southwards on
right. C20 doors and window frames to ground floor, small
square windows to 1st floor with an inserted stair window,
possibly a loading doorway, to left of centre. A coping to the
rebuilt left gable, and brick ridge stacks possibly defining
the original extent of the C18 house.
The right wing is built of larger squared stonework; the
openings are C20 with entrance left bay; the roof line to
right bay slightly steeper and roofed in slate on this side.
The rear (east) garden front has 5 first-floor windows, sashes
with glazing bars, and the entrance under wooden porch has
tri-stone jambs, chamfered shallow pointed lintel with carved
C17 wing, now outbuilding: S gable has chamfered plinth,
remains of continuous moulded string at 1st-floor level,
square C19 windows in blocked openings of former mullioned
windows, pigeon loft opening and perches in gable. On the left
return: 2 bays, coursed stonework as gable on right, rubble
infill walling left; plinth and external stack right, barn and
loading doors left.
INTERIOR: farmhouse garden entrance opens into a panelled
stair hall; the massive framed wooden staircase is probably an
early C20 introduction, with bulbous balusters, square-section
end newels with recessed panels, closed string, pegged
panelling; the house is reputed to have a king-post roof with
C17 wing: the S bay has 3 substantial cross beams with stepped
chamfer stops and mortices for a framed ceiling; on the W wall
the large (external stack) fireplace with massive stone lintel
and traces of a roll moulding to jambs; a 2nd fireplace with
large lintel, plastered over, on the upper floor, now hay
loft. The N bay (rubble walling) has a further 2 chamfered
cross beams and a small flat Tudor arch to a fireplace on the
W wall (no flue surviving).
In the N wall of this bay, against the end of the house wing,
part of the wall of a timber-framed range is preserved,
originally the external wall probably extending westwards into
the present yard area, the width represented by the rubble
walling. The lower walling is of large squared blocks, the one
principal post visible is thickened at the top and morticed
for a tie-beam brace, angle braces rise to the wall plate and
vertical studs form the infill between wall plate and a
bressumer which rests on the stone walling. Further timbers
may survive under later work.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the Roundhay Grange site has been associated
with the lost Domesday village of Watecroft and a farm
belonging to Kirkstall Abbey; the C17 and earlier structures
suggest a continuity of occupation after the Dissolution and
are of considerable historic importance.
(West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council: Faull ML &
Moorhouse S: West Yorkshire: An Archaeological Survey to AD
1500: Wakefield: 1981-: 496, 798).
Listing NGR: SE3458537804