Harewood House
Harewood House From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Harewood House Type Stately Home Proprietor Harewood House Trust Main feature Grade I listed House Other features Landscaped gardens Public access Yes Country England Region Yorkshire and the Humber Address Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds Postcode LS17 9LG Refreshments Yes Parking Yes Shop Yes Website Harewood House Harewood House (pronounced /ˈhɑrwʊd/ , as if written Harwood) is a country house located in Harewood (the village name being pronounced as if written Hairwood), near Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is a member of Treasure Houses of England, a marketing consortium for nine of the foremost stately homes in England. The house itself is a Grade I listed building, there are a number of features in the grounds and courtyard that have been listed as Grade II and II*. Contents
  • 1 History
  • 2 State rooms
  • 3 Today
  • 4 The Bird Garden
  • 5 Pronunciation of 'Harewood'
  • 6 Gallery
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links
[ edit] History The house was built from 1759 to 1771 for Edwin Lascelles, whose family had bought the estate after making its fortune in the West Indies through Customs positions, slave trading and lending money to planters. The house was designed by the architects John Carr and Robert Adam. Much of the furniture is by the eighteenth century English furniture designer Thomas Chippendale, who came from nearby Otley. Lancelot "Capability" Brown designed the grounds to which Sir Charles Barry added a grand terrace, in 1844. [1 ] Artist Thomas Girtin stayed at the house many times, painting the house itself and also the surrounding countryside and landmarks, such as the nearby Plumpton Rocks which at the time was owned by the Harewood Estate. [2 ] Harewood house has a long history of taking visitors interested in its imposing architecture, and collections of paintings. The first guidebook to Harewood House was published early in the nineteenth century. The house served as a convalescent hospital during both World War I and World War II. The archives of the Lascelles family and the Harewood estate are held at West Yorkshire Archive Service in Leeds. Harewood House from A Complete History of the County of York by Thomas Allen (1828–30), showing the house before Barry altered the facades and added an extra storey to the pavilions. [ edit] State rooms
  • Ante Room
  • Below Stairs
  • China Room
  • Cinnamon Drawing Room
  • Dining Room
  • East Bedroom
  • Gallery
  • HRH Princess Mary Display Room
  • Princess Mary's Dressing Room
  • Lord Harewood's Sitting Room
  • Music Room
  • Old Kitchen
  • Old Library
  • Pastry Room
  • Servants Database
  • Servants' Hall
  • Spanish Library
  • State Bedroom
  • Steward's Room
  • Still Room
  • Terrace Gallery
  • The Library
  • Vegetable Scullery
  • Watercolour Rooms
  • Yellow Drawing Room
[ edit] Today The house is still the family home of the Lascelles family. George Lascelles, is the seventh Earl. His mother was Mary, Princess Royal, daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. The estate has been transferred into a trust ownership structure, and as a result is managed by Harewood House Trust and is open to the public most of the year. Harewood won a Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award in the 2003 national Excellence in England awards [3 ] and remains a popular Yorkshire tourist attraction. As well as tours of the house and grounds, visitors can enjoy the Himalayan Garden and its stupa, an educational bird garden, an extensive adventure playground and catering facilities. From May 2007 to October 2008 the grounds also contained Yorkshire's first planetarium, the Yorkshire Planetarium. The Leeds Country Way passes through the Harewood Estate, to the south of the house and lake. [ edit] The Bird Garden Humboldt penguins at Harewood Bird Garden. The Bird Garden at Harewood House has a collection of over 90 species of birds, of which more than 30 are listed as vulnerable or endangered in the IUCN listings. Harewood Bird Garden is a full member of both The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums ( BIAZA) and The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria ( EAZA). Some of the birds that can be seen in the garden are Humboldt Penguins, Chilean Flamingo, Java Sparrow, Macaws, Waldrapp Ibis, Snow Goose and Ostrich. [ edit] Pronunciation of 'Harewood' There is often debate as to the exact pronunciation of the word 'Harewood'. In the eighteenth century, the customary pronunciation (and spelling) was Harwood [1 ] and this pronunciation for both house and title is still used by Harewood House and the Earl of Harewood. The pronunciation Hairwood is generally used for the village, and also sometimes used for the house and title. [ edit] Gallery The Old Stables The Lake Harewood House Cascade Stepping stones below the cascade [ edit]


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