Lanpro commissioned to produce the Conservation Management Plan for Temple Newsam Estate in Leeds

We are delighted to announce our appointment as heritage consultants for the Conservation Management Plan at Temple Newsam. The Conservation Management Plan will be led by our Archaeology & Heritage team in York and will articulate, for the first time, what is special about Temple Newsam, where it is vulnerable and what can be done to make it more sustainable in the future. In consultation with key stakeholders, we will be producing a conservation framework of principles and policies to ensure the place is well cared for and that resources are directed towards the areas of greatest need.

Owned by Leeds City Council and managed by the Parks and Museums teams, the estate encompasses over 1400 acres of free, publicly accessible gardens, playgrounds, woodlands, green space and a rare breeds farm. At the heart of the estate is the Grade-I listed house, a monument to Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian architectural splendour. Substantially rebuilt in mid-17th century by Sir Arthur Ingram, there are historical connections to Lady Margaret Douglas, Henry Stuart and George IV’s mistress, Isabella Ingram. The house holds one of the finest decorative arts collections in the UK, including significant wallpapers, 18th century furniture, ceramics and silver.

We have a big task on our hands, with over 50 state rooms, thousands of items of furniture, paintings and collections, 1400 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland, 40 farm buildings, 35 landscape structures, eight bridges and 30 landscape character areas (plus 18 rare animal breeds!), we aim to consolidate and expand the existing understanding of the estate to produce a detailed assessment of heritage significance. This significance is fragile, with conflicting estate uses, environmental conditions, disrepair of landscape features and limited income all examples of issues that the Conservation Management Plan will seek to address.

Head of Heritage (Townscape), Rebecca Burrows said: “It is our privilege to be invited to help shape the future of such a beautiful, historic site. As an asset to the people of Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond, it is vital that proposals for change are grounded in an understanding of what is special so that this can be sustained for the future enjoyment of others. In the coming months, we will be working closely with Leeds City Council, Historic England and other relevant stakeholders to ensure Temple Newsam is protected now and into the future.”

 

Owned by Leeds City Council and managed by the Parks and Museums teams, the estate encompasses over 1400 acres of free, publicly accessible gardens, playgrounds, woodlands, green space and a rare breeds farm. At the heart of the estate is the Grade-I listed house, a monument to Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian architectural splendour. Substantially rebuilt in mid-17th century by Sir Arthur Ingram, there are historical connections to Lady Margaret Douglas, Henry Stuart and George IV’s mistress, Isabella Ingram. The house holds one of the finest decorative arts collections in the UK, including significant wallpapers, 18th century furniture, ceramics and silver.

We have a big task on our hands, with over 50 state rooms, thousands of items of furniture, paintings and collections, 1400 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland, 40 farm buildings, 35 landscape structures, eight bridges and 30 landscape character areas (plus 18 rare animal breeds!), we aim to consolidate and expand the existing understanding of the estate to produce a detailed assessment of heritage significance. This significance is fragile, with conflicting estate uses, environmental conditions, disrepair of landscape features and limited income all examples of issues that the Conservation Management Plan will seek to address.

Head of Heritage (Townscape), Rebecca Burrows said: “It is our privilege to be invited to help shape the future of such a beautiful, historic site. As an asset to the people of Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond, it is vital that proposals for change are grounded in an understanding of what is special so that this can be sustained for the future enjoyment of others. In the coming months, we will be working closely with Leeds City Council, Historic England and other relevant stakeholders to ensure Temple Newsam is protected now and into the future.”

 

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