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    Bequeathed to the city by its last owners Elmete Hall has most recently been used as a furniture store by the council. Chronic neglect has meant many fine features have gone. Most criminally the lack of security allowed all the huge fireplaces to be stolen. Security has now been beefed up.

    It has now been sold and will be developed as offices I believe. better than demolition I guess. It's not well know even locally as it is away from any roads. The downside is it's on a working site and is connected by a walkway to live offices. Also on the same site is a special school for EBD pupils.

    Outside shots are awkward as they are limited to the side away from the live site, but this gives an idea.



    One of the finest features is the domed glass roof. Apologies to any DP users who have seen this before. From the outside:





    And from the inside:



    Its location on a working site means that while it may have been neglected it hasn't been subjected to the casual vandalism that you might get elsewhere. Nice to find somewhere that actually has a thick layer of dust!



    And the stairs:



    And an idea of the interior state:



    My visit was in July this year so things may have changed, don't know. Only other info is that the alarm system is Sonitrol. Tread lightly.
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    Wow, what a place! I love the glass dome.

    It's such a shame it won't be enjoyed again.:(

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    It is a lovely place, it's a real crime that so many of our countryside estates are going to waste.

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    What a beautiful building - would be better being restored to it's original glory and converted perhaps to a hotel - function facility - imagine the wedding photo opportunities!

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    That is awesome!

    you think it'll still be do-able?

    turk ;)

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    thats awsome anyone up for a trip lol
    i pity the fool

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    Can't say whether it's still do-able or not turk as it's a while since I went, but the latest I heard was this news article:

    http://www.leedstoday.net/ViewArticl...icleID=1265548

    If work has started it can't have got too far, but I guess some of the atmosphere may have gone.

    Cheers
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    cheers for the info mate...

    turk ;)

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    cheers for the info mate it just shows how the local council are cashing in on something given to the people of the city id like to see this proposed extension as if 21st century cardboard can merge with 18th century class
    i pity the fool

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    Sorry if I have uncovered an old thread, I am just supprised to see a picture of where i grew up on this site!

    My father used t be Teacher in charge of the Elmete site in the 80's/early 90's when it was run as a residential hostel for disabled children.

    It was a frankly amazing place to grow up, right on the edge of roundhay park, with acres of land and at an age where I was unaware of quite how isolated it could feel whilst still being only 4 miles from the city center.

    During the week the place was full of life, council offices occupied the upper floor, the ground floor was the catering facillities and dining rooms for the hostel. Our familly living quaters were in Hammond hall opposite (the now very shabby looking 60's buiding opposite the old house) Weekends and hollidays the place was ours.. a great big adventure playground...brilliant!

    My main memmories are of the circular hall way with the main staircaser and the dome. If memory serves it was the 3rd of 4 linked hallways from the main enterence. (small round ish entrance hall, square hall (dinning room to right drawing room/games room to the left, The dome hall then an oak lined hall with the 2nd staircase-shown in the pics.)

    There also used to be fantasticly ornate sculpted marble fire places and door surrounds over most the doors, although i understand these were stolen... probably propping up some lottery winners walls these days.

    The views from the house were stunning, clear views all the way accross the city and well beyond.

    I like looking into the history of the house, and the familly that built it, and finding this site has really made my day. (im almost shaking typing this!)

    I went with my father to see the house late last year, its now been done up (and split up) into new offices, not to the high standard it deserves (in my opinion), but a dang sight better than it had been.

    After we left in 1991/2 the house was pretty much derilict, being used as stores only and allowed to fall into ruin ...in the typical leeds city council fashion.

    Any way, that'll do for now. If any one is interested i have photos of the original plans to the house, and information of its sale in the 1900's for a princely sumn of 100,000 ...imagine the price for a property like that in roundhay these days!
    Last edited by Elmete Rob; 26th Mar 08 at 21:51.

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