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Gotts Park (The Mansion) (Armley House)

  • Built / Designed For: Thomas Woolrick

    House & Family History: Benjamin Gott was a successful cloth merchant and the owner of the first large-scale woolen factory in Leeds. He purchased the Armley Estate of 200 acres in 1803 and commissioned Smirke to remodel the existing Georgian house of the Woolrick family into a Greek villa, thus creating the first Greek Revival house in West Yorkshire. The Gott family added to the Estate, so that, by the 1860s, it comprised 770 acres. The family decamped in the late 1920s.

  • Architect: Robert Smirke

    Date: Circa 1818
    Designed: Remodeled House in Greek style for Benjamin Gott

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    Architect: Humphry Repton

    Designed: Landscaped Park for Benjamin Gott

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  • John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. V, 1822.

  • Title: England's Lost Houses From the Archives of Country Life
    Author: Worsley, Giles
    Year Published: 2002
    Publisher: London: Aurum Press
    ISBN: 1854108204
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Creating Paradise: The Building of the English Country House, 1660-1880
    Author: Wilson, Richard; Mackley, Alan
    Year Published: 2000
    Reference: pgs. 7-8
    Publisher: London: Hambledon and London
    ISBN: 1852852526
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 880
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: Thomas Woolrick, 18th century. Benjamin Gott, 18th-19th centuries; Gott family here from 1803 until the 1920s.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Club

    Ownership Details: Owned by the Gott family and leased to Leeds City Council for 999 years; today Gotts Park Golf Club.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 07983-008-044

    Email: Gottsparkcic@outlook.com

    Website: http://gottsparkgolfclub.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No