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SE 28110 35786



SE2835NW HEADINGLEY LANE, Headingley 714-1/64/769 (South West side) 05/02/87 No.53 John Taylor Teachers' Centre


Formerly known as: Spring Bank HEADINGLEY LANE Headingley. House, now teachers' centre. c1857. By John Fox. For Robert Ellershaw; additions and alterations 1877-78 by CR Chorley for James Kitson and 1885-6 by William Thorp for William Harvey. C20 alterations. Rock-faced sandstone with gritstone dressings; graduated Welsh slate roof. Originally L-shaped in plan, entrance on S front, with bay extension at SE corner and large 1885-6 addition in NW angle. In Jacobethan style. 2 storeys with basement/cellar and attics. Plinth; quoins; mullioned and transomed windows, those of original build with stopped hoodmoulds; 1st-floor string; curvilinear shaped gables with ashlar coping and finials; offset, quoined chimneys with multiple octagonal flues. 4-bay entrance front has single-storey castellated buttressed porch to bay 2 with moulded pointed-arched entrance, decorative tessellated floor and inner 4-panel double door in quoined surround; single-light window above; external stack to left bay; bay 3 projecting slightly under gable with 4-light window under 3-light oriel (both later) and single-light attic window; 1877-8 two-storey castellated bay on right with 3-light under 2-light window. Garden front (left return) 4 bays, the 2 on left being additions of 1885-6; of these the left bay has segmental-arched moulded doorway under squat window with blind, ogee-arched, top lights, on left of transomless 2-light window with 3-light window above; the gabled right bay projects slightly, having 6 lights to ground floor, the central pair flanked by attached pilasters which support oriel. Original right-hand bays, the right bay projecting under gable having 2-storey castellated bay window, now with door on ground floor and without mullions and transoms, single-light attic window; wider left bay has added ashlar castellated canted bay window with steps down to central door, on 1st-floor former 3-light window flanked by single-light windows, roof dormer. Rear: 4 bays stepping forward, 2 under gables; 2 oriels. Right return: 3 bays, added bay projecting on left, right-hand bays

stepping forward under gables, right one possibly an addition. INTERIOR: surviving from the first build are the wooden, closed-string, open-well stair with octagonal balusters and castellated newels; 4-panel doors, in principal rooms with bolection-moulded architraves and pulvinated friezes; panelling; moulded cornices, some with egg-and-dart motifs (these possibly later). c1880 work by A Heaton in hall and principal rooms including Adam-style decorative plasterwork to soffits and jambs of various arches and openings. 1885-86 work includes fine painted- and stained-glass stair window and lantern and porch overlight by Messrs Powell Bros; and also the very fine tiled fireplaces in the principal rooms, the tiles by William de Morgan, an associate of William Morris et al. There are 5 fireplaces in all, having polished stone fenders, iron grates, and elaborate wood and stone architraves, the tiles being of different colour-schemes and with different themes, in the former breakfast room (front left) pink-on-white animal, bird and flower designs; in former dining room (rear left) green-on-white ships and ferny flowers; in former drawing room (front right) blue, and green-on-white foliage with peacock and lizard side panels; in stair hall red-on-white leaf patterns with sunflower frieze in architrave; in former principal bedroom (1st floor, front right) sunflowers, the architrave with panel of dancing children. Originally called Spring Bank, from c1871-85 this was the home of James Kitson, later Lord Airedale, locomotive manufacturer, leader of Leeds Liberal Association and 1st Lord Mayor of Leeds 1896-97, Gladstone staying here in 1881. Kitson was followed by William Harvey, a notable local Quaker, 1885-92; and then by Charles F Tetley, of the brewing company, a Conservative and Lord Mayor in 1897. (The Architect, May 28th: 1886-: 327; Gazzard, M: Decorated tiles by William De Morgan at Springbank, Headingley: 2; Lackey, R: Quality Pays: The Story of Joshua Tetley & Son: 1985-: 121-122; Marshall, J: A Biographical Dictionary of Railway Engineers: 1978-: 135).

Listing NGR: SE2811035786


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Books and journals
Gazzard, M , Decorated Tiles by William De Morgan at Springbank Headingley2
Lackey, R, Quality Pays The Story of Joshua Tetley and Son, (1985), 121-122
Marshall, J , A Biographical Dictionary of Railway Engineers, (1978), 135
'The Architect' in 28 May, (1886), 327


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 06 Apr 2003
Reference: IOE01/05725/33
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