Friday, November 27, 2020
Home comment Mark's History: Bramley's Whitecote House and its links to Kirkstall Abbey

Mark’s History: Bramley’s Whitecote House and its links to Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey was a powerful landowner in Bramley and the surrounding area until the Dissolution in the mid-16th century, writes Mark Stevenson.

One of its locally-held tenements was ‘Whitecote’, it is thought to have been a Medieval grange or farmstead. This would have been worked by local people, but the profits would have gone to the monks at the Abbey.

whitecote bramley

A Whitecote House is marked on the 1847 Ordnance Survey Map of the area where this might of been. By the 1880’s the Whitecote House that is there today is named on the maps with no clue as to the fate of the previous one.

The Whitecote House that we have today was built in 1744 and is the large building in the middle, the other two buildings at either side of it were built much later maybe with the coming of the canal.

whitecote house bramley 2
Bramley history. Photo: Mark Stevenson

Other similar buildings used for brewing beer sprang up along the length of the canal because of the transport links it offered.

The one to the left is known as Maltings Cottage and to the right is the Malthouse. The 1891 Bramley census has a Mr Samuel Westcott, a Clothery Agent and his seven children living at Malt Kiln House.

Swing bridge no. 220 used to be at Whitecote House but the bridge is no longer there now.

A comment left on the Leodis website reads:

“My father and his family lived in one of the houses next to the bridge (The Maltkins) when he was a child in the 1920’s.

“When a barge was spotted being hauled along the canal by horse, his Mum would rush out and open the bridge so that the barge would not need to slow down. In return, the barge men would leave several large lumps of coal on the bridge.

“My father remembers the horses often being treated very badly: The barge men would pelt them with lumps of coal to get speed up. Sometimes the horse would fall into the canal if the rope suddenly came tight. There was a sort of slipway by the bridge where the horse would be hauled back onto the towpath to be pelted with coal again.”



LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Recent Posts

Apartments form part of new Lower Wortley Road housing plans

Plans for a row of four terrace houses and a block of 14 apartments have been submitted in Wortley.

Cold water swim will fundraise for families in need this Christmas

A West Leeds woman is joining her colleagues in a cold water 'Santa Swim' to help raise money to support families in...

Kirkstall’s Hannah Bithell nets prestigious councillor ‘Covid Hero’ award

Kirstall Ward councillor Hannah Bithell has scooped a prestigious 2020 Councillor Award for Covid-19 Hero. This evening Cllr Bithell...

Leeds to push to move into tier 2 in mid-December

Words: Richard Beecham The leader of Leeds City Council said Leeds would make the case to Government to...

Stay Connected

2,492FansLike
449FollowersFollow
3,259FollowersFollow