Harewood House is amongst the most grandiose buildings in Leeds. Set in 1,000 acres the house itself is an imposing and lavish building complete with hundreds of windows and spectacular gardens.
It dates back to 1759 and was designed by the prolific, Wakefield born, architect John Carr, who also designed Buxton Crescent. Whilst alive, Carr was considered the leading architect in the north of England. It was built for a wealthy plantation owner, Edwin Lascelles, who was the 1st Baron Harewood.
Almost 400 years later, the home is still owned by the Lascelles family and is one of just ten “Treasure House of England.” The house is Grade I listed building and many features in the grounds have been listed as Grade I and Grade II.
In 1922, a descendent of the 1st Baron Harewood, Henry Lacelles married Mary, Princess Royal, who was the eldest daughter of George V. The couple began married life living in the nearby Goldsborough Hall; however the couple moved into Harewood House in 1929.
Harewood House has also been the focus of recent exposure in the ITV drama based on the life of Queen Victoria “Victoria.”