Tales from the Big House: Temple Newsam

The Hampton Court of the North, 1,000 years of its history and people

Steve Ward

Date Published :
January 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
40 black and white photographs and illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473893351

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 184
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Situated only 4 miles southeast of the bustling cosmopolitan city of Leeds lies a jewel in the crown of British stately homes. Set in 1,200 acres of rolling parkland and woods is Temple Newsam House, once described as the Hampton Court of the North.

The estate has survived almost 900 years of history. Although first mentioned in the Domesday Book, it was the Knights Templar who gave the name to the land. The house that now stands on the site was begun in 1518 and has witnessed many events: the execution for treason of one of its owners; the birth of Lord Darnley, unlucky husband of Mary Queen of Scots; the Civil War rivalry of a family; the home of a flirtatious mistress of the Prince of Wales (later George IV); and the suffering of the First World War, when it was used as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers.

The house and estate is now owned by the Leeds City Council and is open as a public park for all to enjoy. The house itself is part of Leeds Museums and Galleries and displays many different collections and exhibitions. On the estate is a working farm, known as Home Farm, which is the largest working rare breed center in the UK and is a popular attraction for many visitors.

About The Author

A former performer, teacher and director of a prize-winning youth circus, Steve Ward has worked for many years with circus groups worldwide. He has an MA researching the role of circus in education and has written widely on the subject. He has previously written two books on aspects of the circus, _Beneath the Big Top: A Social History of the Circus in Britain_ (2014) and _Sawdust Sisterhood: How Circus Empowered Women_ (2016). He still occasionally performs, creates and directs circus shows.

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