Ashdown

Ashdown 1900
Title Ashdown
Date 1900
Location Rawdon
Photo ID M102
Comment The house was originally named Upperwood House and was nearer to Apperley Lane than the current building.

The house was demolished in 1878, and the present house built and named Ashdown. All that survives of the original house is a gazebo with a blocked window, through which one can no longer gaze as Charlotte Bronte is said to have done whilst employed as a governess for the children of John White.

Ashdown, was built by a Bradford solicitor, James Taylor, whose German wife had the eaves painted with quotations from Goethe (removed in 1914).

In 1890, it was tenanted by Theophilus Peel, later knighted and High Sheriff of Yorkshire, and then sold in 1899, to William Ackroyd, a prominent Bradford dyer and Mayor of Bradford in 1898/9. After his death it was vacant for some years until bought by the Methodists in 1934, it then went on to become a preparatory department for Woodhouse Grove school and still is (2021)

Consolidated by Elaine Ellwood. 07 April 2021.
Last updated: 19 April 2021.

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