Gledhow is a picturesque suburb of northeast Leeds. The charming area boasts beautiful country homes, spacious, semi-detached houses and flats that now occupy the 17th century mansion that was once the home of James Kitson, 1st Baron Airedale. The quiet residential area is surrounded by the trendy Chapel Allerton, the old-money Moortown and the woodsy area of Roundhay. Whilst the suburb offers plenty of adventure with its majestic woodlands and historic homes, the surrounding areas of Leeds provide plenty of diversions and attractions.
THINGS TO DO
Perched atop the junction of Gledhow Lane and Gledhow Wood Road, is the area known as Little Switzerland and the famous Gledhow Hall mansion. After Elizabeth I sold it in 1601, the Hall saw several owners and underwent numerous physical changes. Once a year, visitors can explore the Hall which has since been converted into private flats. While the Hall is the centrepiece of the suburb, Gledhow Valley is the true gem. Surrounded completely by residences, is the lush strip of enchanting woodland and grassland. The diverse flora and fauna, the stream and the lake provide the perfect background for leisurely strolls and picnics. The Gledhow Sports and Social Club also provides an array of activities and diversions for families.
EATING & DRINKING
Gledhow and the surrounding area offer a plethora of enticing dining options. Among the favourites are Rico’s Italian Restaurant, the Olive Tree Greek restaurant and Sami’s Moroccan restaurant. Local pubs and bars are a staple in Leeds. Many in the Gledhow area frequent the White House pub which offers traditional British fare. The Roundhay and Highwood are also classics.
While the area is small, it does have several shops and amenities. Gledhow is serviced by its own BUPA hospital and post office. There are several supermarkets in the neighbouring areas of Gledhow, including Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s. C J Food and Wine is a great option for spirits. Additional services include convenience stores, a sports store, craft stores, apparel shops and a home technology store.
There are several excellent schools in an around Gledhow. They include:
- Gledhow Primary School
- Kermackie primary school
- Moor Allerton Hall Primary School
- Allerton Grange High School
- Roundhay High School
Gledhow Valley Road is the main thoroughfare and runs through Gledhow Valley. The small suburb is approximately two miles from the Leeds city centre and is well serviced by local buses, including the 3/13 on Brackenwood Drive and the 3A/13A on Lidgett Lane. Additionally, the neighbourhood is about 20 minutes from the Leeds Bradford Airport.
Gledhow’s history dates back centuries, however, the first known residents of the area were part of the Roman Empire. For years, people lived off the fruitful land as farmers. As with much of Leeds in the 17th century, Gledhow was a thriving area that profited from the production of woollen cloth made from the soft waters of the River Aire. Recent years have given way to several boundary changes and new property developments. But, the lush forest and old mansions continue to delight visitors and residents with their stunning beauty and rich history.
DID YOU KNOW?
In approximately 1816, the famous J. M. W. Turner painted a watercolour view of Gledhow Hall after staying at the residence for several days.