Oulton Hall

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Oulton Hall
Oulton Hall Hotel, Oulton. - geograph.org.uk - 258514.jpg
General information
Location Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, England
Coordinates 53°44′42″N 1°27′32″W / 53.745°N 1.459°W / 53.745; -1.459Coordinates: 53°44′42″N 1°27′32″W / 53.745°N 1.459°W / 53.745; -1.459 (grid reference SE3527)
Owner De Vere Group
Designations Grade II listed
Website
devere-hotels.co.uk


Oulton Hall in Oulton, West Yorkshire, England is a Grade II listed building, once the home of the Blayds/Calverley family.[1] After a major fire in 1850 the Hall was remodelled, but its fortunes eventually went into decline until it was revived for use as a hotel. It is now a 4 star hotel, part of the De Vere Group.

History[edit]

Oulton Hall was originally a "modest eighteenth-century house" [2] owned by the Blayds family. In 1807 the house was left to John Calverley, who was a partner in Beckett's Bank and Mayor of Leeds in 1798. He changed his name to Blayds in order to inherit the property, but his descendants reverted to Calverley.[3] He enclosed the surrounding common in 1809, and it was landscaped to designs by Humphrey Repton soon afterwards. In around 1822, he commissioned Sir Robert Smirke to remodel the house, and it was enlarged by Smirke's brother, Sydney, in 1839,[4] but in 1850 a fire destroyed much of the property, including most of the Smirkes' work.[2] The Leeds firm of Perkin and Backhouse rebuilt the Hall, and further work was done in 1875 by Perkin and Sons and in 1885 by Chorley and Cannon of Leeds.[1]

It had various uses during the 20th century. In the First World War the house was used as a hospital and convalescent home for wounded soldiers, and in 1925 the Hall and grounds were sold to the county council. After the owners left in the 1930s the house was requisitioned by the military during the Second World War. It was used it as a mental hospital until 1971. Oulton Hall then changed hands, but due to the lack of resources of the new owner it fell into disrepair, and in 1974 it was listed as derelict. In 1991 De Vere Hotels acquired the lease and rescued the Hall. £20 million was spent on restoration and expansion, and the Hall was transformed into a hotel set in an estate of 300 acres (1.2 km2), with gardens, a 27-hole golf course and a spa.[5]

Church of St John the Evangelist, Oulton[edit]

St. John the Evangelist, Oulton

The other lasting legacy of John Blayds was the provision in his will for a church to be built at the bottom of the drive. Built in 1827-9 by Thomas Rickman, in Gothic style, the church is still in use.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b English Heritage. "Oulton Hall, Oulton Park (1184583)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Leach, Peter; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009). Yorkshire West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. p. 621. ISBN 978-0-300-12665-5. 
  3. ^ "Charles Stuart Calverley". 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Colvin, Howard (2008) [1954]. A Biographical Dictionary of English Architects 1660-1840 (4th ed.). New Haven and London: Yale University Press. p. 936. ISBN 978-0-300-12508-5. 
  5. ^ Welcome to Oulton Hall