I did a bit of research on this place in 2011 when I had took the opprtunity of look around it. This was owned by a local family, by the name of Stephenson I think, who had lived in it for generations, farming the land for rhubarb among other things.
The landmark Agricultural Holdings Act 1948 was enacted at a time when war-time food rationing was still in force and sought to encourage long term investment by tenants by granting them lifetime security of tenure. Under the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manual ... /ihtm24211
) security was extended to spouses and relatives of tenants for two successions, providing that they had been earning the majority of their income from the holding for five years." Scott Hall was sold back to the council and leased to the family as tenants as a result of the 1948 Act. Unfortunately in the mid-90s, when the famer and his wife died, there were no direct descendants deemed to be entitled to the farm, so it became the sole property of the Council.
The sports field at the junction between Scott Hall Road and Potternewton Lane used to be part of Scott Hall Farm. Scott Hall Farm itself, at Scott Hall Street, Buslingthorpe, LS7, is a Grade II listed building but it was on the Heritage at Risk List in 2009 (http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/09%20BAR%20Strategy_16.pdf
). However, it does not appear on the 2012 Heritage at Risk List (http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/documents ... %20rpt.pdf
I came across it on Leodis a while ago and went for a look at it and found that it was for sale (for £640,000 in 2010 but it didn’t meet its reserve). So my brother and I went to the viewing. Great place inside, still plenty of original features. The rafters in the roof were mortised, tenoned and pegged together in a style common in the 17/18th century. The house had suffered a little neglect as the last tenants were quite elderly but the real deterioration has been since they died.
The chap who was there during the viewing was a nephew of the last occupants and he told us all about it. It had been one of the largest rhubarb farms in the county in its time, when this area was classed as being in the rhubarb triangle. This chap had often stayed there as he was growing up and lived there for a number of years as well.
It had been known just as Scott Hall but in later years it became known as Scott Hall Cottage, to differentiate it from the BMW garage on Sheepscar Street North, which was known as Scott Hall and caused difficulty in delivering the post.
A fire took place some time after the last occupants had died. The house had belonged to the council since just after the war years. Apparently many large houses were sold to the council but the deal was that the family who sold it, and their direct descendants, would be allowed to live there as long as they wished to. The nephew was not seen as a direct descendant and the fact he had lived there held no sway so the place was just left empty for a number of years. Eventually someone broke in and set a fire and following this the council decided to put it on the market.
The building lies within the Buslingthorpe Conservation Area http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Buslingtho ... 0No_73.pdf
Secret Leeds has a discussion on this area at: http://secretleeds.com/viewtopic.php?t=2114
Leodis has a few pictures of the house which show clearly just how overgrown the surrounding area has become since the last tenants died..
Scott Hall, undated http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... SPLAY=FULL
Scott Hall, Front View, this photo shows how clear the area was back in 1948, and also shows the barn with a through arch that lies further up the lane from the house http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... SPLAY=FULL
Scott Hall, Scott Hall Street, similar shot to the one above http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... SPLAY=FULL
Buslingthorpe, Aerial View, taken in 1998 http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... SPLAY=FULL
Leodis also carries two shots of threshing work being undertaken on the farm, on the area now known as Scott Hall Playing Fields:
Scott Hall Farm, undated, but thought to be early 1900s http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... SPLAY=FULL
Scott Hall Farm, undated, but again thought to be early 1900s http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... SPLAY=FULL
The Images of England: Scott Hall photo (http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/Detai ... mode=quick
), taken in 2002, shows just how much the area around the house has grown wild in the last ten years.
LEEDS SE33NW SCOTT HALL STREET, Buslingthorpe 714-1/7/1296 (West side) 05/08/76 Scott Hall II House. Mid C18, altered C20. Brown hand-made bricks in Flemish and random bonds, rusticated stone quoins, slate swept roof. 3 storeys, 4 unevenly-spaced windows, tall to ground floor, square to top floor, with segmental brick arches; top-hinged casements. Altered central entrance. Eaves and end stacks rebuilt. Rear: original fenestration includes tall round-arched stair window. Right return: built against a steep slope with terraced routeway at 1st-floor level, there is a blocked loading doorway right, the pegged wooden casing exposed. INTERIOR: not inspected. Despite recent restoration work this is a rare survival of the plainer houses built by merchants in Leeds in the C18; the gable door suggests that the building was used as a finishing workshop or for storage. From <a href="http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/Details/Default.aspx?id=465257&mode=quick" rel="nofollow">Images of England: Scott Hall</a>.
This house also bears a resemblance to Dial House in Halton and Kemplay's Acadmey (as was, now Nash's Fish Restaurant) in New Briggate, although it does not display their symmetry.
Dial House, Chapel Street, No 12 http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... SPLAY=FULL
Chapel Street, Dial House http://www.leodis.org/display.aspx?reso ... SPLAY=FULL
Richard Kemplay's Academy http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... SPLAY=FULL
Merrion Street, number 17, Nash's Tudor Fish Restaurant http://www.leodis.org/display.aspx?reso ... 814_161773