Burrowlee House is a Georgian style building situated at grid reference on Broughton Road in the Owlerton district of Sheffield, some four km NW of the city centre. It is the oldest building in the Owlerton and Hillsborough area and was one of the first houses constructed wholly from brick in Sheffield. The house is a grade two listed building with two storeys and five bays with a stone balustrade over the three middle bays, there is a date stone over the main door.
A cottage existed on the site in the 16th century and is recorded in the deeds from that period. Burrowlee House was constructed in 1711 by Thomas Steade (1672–1739), the Steades were a family of local landowners who also built the nearby Hillsborough House which stands just 250 metres to the west. Stead had married Elizabeth Creswick in 1696, whose father was Lord of the Manor of Owlerton. The couple lived in the house upon completion and their initials are still visible in the date stone above the main door.
Burrowlee remained a private dwelling until the 1920s, although at some point in time it seems to have been divided into two apartments. The house was then purchased by the Education Department and was used as a clinic and offices. In the 1960s it was closed and boarded up and for a period of time looked like being demolished until Sheffield City Council decided to renovate it. In the early 1980s the Education committee used the house as a Community Education Centre. Brian Frisby bought Burrowlee from the council in 1987 on a 99-year lease and ran his business Burrowlee Crafts and Designs from the premises, making wood furniture.
Added October 2015: My father, born 1918 into the Barker family, grew up in one wing of this house, where he lived with his parents and three older brothers and sisters. His Aunt Ada lived in another part of the house, hence the partition. He remembers grapes growing outside his bedroom window. I am not sure when the house was sold, but I do remember visiting and viewing the outside of the house back in the 1960s. One of my father's sisters visited the house when it was being used as a clinic. The caretaker, who had never met her before, offered to show her round. "And this is the haunted room," she said. This was news to my aunt, as the house had not been haunted when they lived there. "An old lady, dressed all in black and wearing a white cap sits and rocks in a chair in that corner." The scene she described was precisely where their Aunt Ada had sat each day, dressed all in black and wearing a white cap. I would be interested to know if she has ever been since since.
In 2005 planning permission was approved for property developers Blenheim Park Developments to convert the house into new housing. New buildings were added in the same style as the main house to form Burrowlee Park Square, a series of six exclusive houses.