By Katherine Turner
On Saturday, 10 September Gotts Park Mansion will open its doors to host Benjamin Gott – the man and his mansion.
Gotts Park Mansion is set in stunning parkland and was the home of Benjamin Gott, owner of Armley MIlls and a leading figure in the Industrial Revolution.
The grounds were designed by Humphry Repton, described as the last great English landscape designer of the 18th century. The Grade ll listed mansion has since become the clubhouse for Gotts Park Golf Club.
The event starts at 2.30pm and guides on the day will be Clive Walton, who is the head greenkeeper, secretary and director of Gotts Park Golf Club, and Dr Patrick Eyres author of The Yorkshire Red Books of Humphrey Repton.
Clive Walton said: “With the golf club being open 364 days a year it plays an important role in keeping Gotts Park Mansion accessible to the public. Having lived and worked in the area since I was born, I have always had a keen interest in its history. Every year I look forward to being part of the Heritage Open Day, it gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge with the wider community.”
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Each September thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. Stories are told, traditions explored and histories brought to life. All for free.
Details of this and other free Heritage Open Day events can be found here using the interactive map.
The Mansion House, Gotts Park Golf Club, Armley Ridge Road, Leeds, LS12 2QX. Pre-booking is required, call 0113 231 1896.