The building has been home to a number of prominent families, including the Nevilles (notably Archbishop George Neville, younger brother of Warwick the Kingmaker), the de Hothams, and finally the Gascoignes in 1825. Richard Trench Gascoigne took up ownership of the house following the death of his aunt Elizabeth, wife of Lord Ashtown, in 1893. It became the main residence of the Gascoigne family after the death of Richard's father Frederick at Parlington Hall in 1905. Between 1914 and 1918, the Hall was used as a V.A.D. hospital. There is a twelfth century Norman chapel in the grounds which was in use until 1830 and renovated between 1913 and 1917 and was also used as part of the V.A.D. hospital.
The house is sited on part of the Gascoigne estate, and was presented for public access to the City of Leeds in 1968 by Sir Alvary Gascoigne and his wife, last of the Gascoigne family, whose roots were at Parlington Hall.
The estate is now home to an extensive collection of endangered bird species and a herd of red deer. There is a large expanse of grassland in front of the bird garden, typically used during the summer months for ball games and picnics. Behind the Hall itself a further field is often used to host shows, such as an annual motorcycle show.
The Hall, which was extensively rebuilt during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, holds an impressive collection of objets d'art which has been built up since the 18th century and which are now on public display.
The Hall is licensed to hold wedding and civil partnership ceremonies.
Appearances in media
In November 1973, the house and grounds featured as "Upperdyke Hall" in "Pâté and Chips", the third episode of the first series of the long-running BBC One sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. The main trio of characters make a rare trip away from their usual surroundings of Holmfirth for a day out at the house, to visit Compo's nephew Chip.[better source needed]
- "Lotherton Hall, interior of the Norman Chapel". Leodis. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
- "History of Lotherton Hall". Leeds City Council. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
- "Weddings at Lotherton" at leeds.gov.uk Archived 22 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- ":Last of the Summer Wine Pâté and Chips". IMDB. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
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