Sunday, 10 May 2015

Pinup days out: Temple Newsam

Aloha my lovelies, so today I had a day out at Temple Newsam which is a house and estate situated in Leeds in West Yorkshire. The house is really beautiful as are the grounds that surround it, so I thought I'd do a quick post and share a bit of its history and some of the photos of the place.

If your in the area I'd definitely recommend a stop at the historic house which is a Tudor-Jacobean house which features a lovely stable area that has been converted into a little tea shop. It is a perfect place for a picnic on a warm summers day, there is also a lovely little farm on the estate too which was built in 1694.

So for those history buffs out there I thought I'd write a little a bit of history on the house. Between 1500 and 1520 a Tudor country house was built on the estate by Sir Phillips Darcy and it was described as the Hampton court of the north. Sir Darcy was unfortunately executed and the house was seized by the crown, Henry VIII then gifted the house to his niece Margaret Countess of Lennox. Her son Henry was born in the house and he married Mary Queen of Scots so the house was seized again by the crown in 1565. In 1622 the house was bought by Sir Arthur Ingam for £12,000 and over the next 20 years the mansion was built. The house continued through the family and was then inherited to Hugo Francis Meynell Ingram in 1841, following his death the house went to his wife until her death in 1904. In 1909 the Leeds Corporation bought the property and the Leeds City council now owns the house.

The grounds the surround the house are so beautiful too and are perfect for a stroll in the warm weather. I love historic houses like this as I like to imagine what it would be like to go back in time and live like the Lady of the Manor, hosting balls and taking a horse and carriage ride around the grounds, what a life that would have been like!

Thanks for reading Guys and Dolls x

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