Temple Newsam house

14 May 2019

For more than 500 years it’s been one of the cornerstones of Leeds’s history and heritage.

Now a new project to help secure the historic Temple Newsam estate for future generations has secured important funding, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Temple Newsam House and its estate have received a grant of £90,000 to help bring different teams working on the estate together and give communities new opportunities to participate in shaping its future.

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, will also allow the estate to create more chances to volunteer at Temple Newsam, giving local people a way to help others learn about the site and play an active role in bringing its history to life.

In the longer term, it is hoped the work will then put the estate in a stronger position to apply for further grants and help futureproof the important heritage asset for years to come.

Described as “the Hampton Court of the north”, Temple Newsam House was built more than five centuries ago and is the former home to flamboyant aristocrats and their families including Lord Darnley, the ill-fated husband of Mary Queen of Scots.

The house is surrounded by one of the few Capability Brown landscapes in public ownership, the beautiful formal gardens and the much loved lakeside walk. The Estate also boasts Home Farm which is one of the largest working rare breeds farm in Europe.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to get this important project underway thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

“Temple Newsam has been one of the cornerstones of Leeds’s history for centuries and we’re always keen to help our visitors and communities learn more about the estate’s remarkable heritage and the stories behind it.

“This funding will allow us to look at how we reach out to visitors in new and exciting ways and help us put the plans in place to apply future funding and preserve the house and park for the next generation of visitors.”


Notes to editors

Temple Newsam house showcases over 40 interiors and one of the most important collections of fine and decorative arts in Britain which were designated as being of pre-eminent importance in 1997 (the first country house to be recognised in this way). It is a treasure house of outstanding collections including furniture, ceramics, textiles, silver and wallpaper. The house captures over 500 years of history and this is key to the visitor experience. The house is brought to life by telling the stories of the people who lived and worked there, through all art forms including digital, music, theatre and fine art. The collections show how the house was used as a family home, which was once birthplace to Lord Darnley, notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots. Across the historic courtyard is also Home Farm, a working farm and one of the largest rare breed centres in Europe. All the animals at Home Farm are Native to the UK and most are classed as Rare Breeds by the Rare Breed Survival Trust. As a rare breeds centre we help to ensure the continuation of some of the oldest breeds of farm animals in the country, and provide a living legacy people can enjoy now and in the future. The estate is also set within 1500 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, boasting paths and trails for cycling, walking and riding, an 18th century Walled Garden and national plant collections.

Address: Temple Newsam Road, Leeds LS15 0AD
Telephone Number: 0113 3367460
Website Address: www.leeds.gov.uk/templenewsam

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