Whitley Hall, Whitley Beaumont Estate, Whitley Upper

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  • appears on maps: 1892 [#61]
  • location on map: Whitley Beaumont, Whitley Upper
  • status: no longer exists
  • category: hall

Former seat of the Beaumont family, the earliest documented hall was erected by Sir Richard Beaumont in the 17th century. Rebuilt in the Georgian style in the 18th century with gardens landscaped by Capability Brown. By the early 1900s, the property stood empty and internal fittings were auctioned in 1917. Despite the estate being purchased in 1924 by industrialist Charles Sutcliffe, the property continued to deteriorate and became unsafe. Sutcliffe died in 1948 and the buildings were demolished in the early 1950s.

Sutcliffe allowed local scouts to make use of the estate from the late 1920s onwards and they continue to maintain a camp site.[1] During the Second World War, he allowed army training to take place on the estate.

Discovering Old Huddersfield

Extract from Discovering Old Huddersfield (1993-2002) by Gordon & Enid Minter:

Where Botany Lane levels out stop and look over to the left where may be seen the parkland of Whitley Beaumont Hall. Around the year 1200, William de Bellamont, the ancestor of the Beaumonts of Whitley, received ten oxgangs of land in Huddersfield from Roger de Lacy, Lord of the Honour of Pontefract, and by the fourteenth century the family was established here at Whitley and at Crosland Hall in the Mag Valley, near Netherton.

Doubtless, more than one house has stood on the site in Whitley Park but the only one of which there is any record was started by Sir Richard Beaumont who was born in 1574. Over the centuries various heads of the family made alterations and additions to the house which was described in the nineteenth century as an excellent example of an English manor house. Inside, the house was distinguished by many graceful rooms noted for their plasterwork, panelling, decorated ceilings and marble mantelpieces.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the family endeavoured to build up and improve their estates in Lepton, Whitley, Dalton, Kirkheaton and Crosland. The last of the family to live at the Hall was Henry Frederick Beaumont who gave land for the laying out of Beaumont Park near Crosland Moor. By the early years of this century the house stood empty with many of its beautiful rooms dismantled and its grounds lapsing into wilderness. Like so many other landed families the Beaumonts found that the upkeep of their ancestral home was too expensive and so they moved out. Various schemes for the future of the house came to nothing and it was eventually demolished shortly after the Second World War when the area was given over to open-cast mining. After the mining the parkland was restored to something approaching its former glory. Unfortunately, an original deciduous wood was replaced by a plantation of spruce trees which, although they grow more quickly than our native broad leaf trees, are less pleasing to the eye. In early June, the hillside is bright with the flowering of that most common of parkland shrubs, the rhododendron and in their vicinity the remains of a walled garden may be made out.

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Whitley Hall, Whitley Beaumont Estate, Whitley Upper

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This page was last modified on 11 February 2018 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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