To update and refurbish the existing Gotts Park Cafe and Social club
About the project
In 1812 Benjamin Gott, a prominent Leeds business man and mill owner, bought the house for his mother-in-law. When she passed away in 1816 Gott had the house rebuilt and took up residence himself.
Gott employed the renowned architect Sir Robert Smirke to re-design the house in a mock Grecian villa style. Amongst Smirke’s other projects was the British Museum in London and although on a much smaller scale there are striking similarities between the two buildings. At the time the landscaping was carried out by Humprey Repton again a man well respected in his field.
The Gott family lived in the mansion until the 1900’s.
The Mansion House was used as a hospital for a short spell following the end of the First World War and reminders of this time can still be found in the many rooms that make up the buildings cellar area.
In the 1928 the building and grounds came under the ownership of the Wade’s charity. Wade’s Charity subsequently leased the Mansion and it’s grounds for 999 years to Leeds City Council. Part of the agreement was to see the grounds of the mansion remain a leisure space for the people of Leeds. Consequently on the 8th April 1933 Gotts Park Golf Club saw its first nine holes open to the public. Over the coming years it was developed by the then director of parks Thos. R. Trigg and Colin Robertson a prominent public gentleman into a 18 hole course and so it remains today.
News September 2014:
Leeds City Council officers have recommended that Middleton Park and Gotts Park golf courses close on October 31, paving the way for both sites to be turned into parkland.
David Gregory, president of Gotts Park Golf Club which has 160 members, said: “I’m totally and utterly gutted, I just don’t understand it.
“I’m sure if they give us a chance we could make this course work. There is a downturn and there is for everybody – every golf course in Leeds is struggling.”
He added: “The council are telling people to go out and exercise yet they’ve shut our golf courses.”
But club chairman Alan Walls insisted the situation is “not all doom and gloom”, as the club now has the chance to continue talks with the council about managing the course itself with minimal funding.
If approved by the council’s executive board on Wednesday, the Middleton Park course will be transformed into 42 hectares of semi-natural parkland with help from a £74,000 investment while members at Gotts Park Golf Club have the chance to manage their course. If the Armley-based club can’t deliver a suitable business plan it will be turned into Benjamin Gott Country Park.