Not identified was a modest dwelling (referred to as Harefield House)
1909 OS Sheet 135/8
Close inspection reveals glasshouses, drives in ground to west & south of hall.
Site Description: Garden
Site Access: Private road is public right of way past site, visible from track/footpath
Parking: Very little
Visibility: Some of upper kitchen garden
Micro climate: Warm springs, sheltered facing SW.
North boundary: Dry stone wall
South boundary: Hedge
East boundary: Hedge
West boundary: Hedge
Buildings: Small Victorian gate leading to enclosure
Walkways / Gateways / Paths etc: One path on S, track to NW.
Water features: Springs, stream, pond
Other man-made features: Drying poles made by J Todd and Sons.
Natural features: Steep slope
Planting: 3 – 4 fruit trees and 1 old cherry
General Condition: Poor – mostly grassed over.
Local knowledge: Reputed to be the site of the vegetable garden for Harefield Hall (upper).
Photographs: (Yes) See Thornhill
At the time of the first OS map it was a modest dwelling (referred to as Harefield House).
It was owned by the parents of Wm Harker (1819-1905).
Wm Harker, a director of the Bradford Banking Co who had made his fortune in the wool trade moved to Harefield with his wife and 4 children after their death.
From 1878 the property (now called Harefield Hall), was remodeled and expanded and the gardens laid out with terraces.
Harefield Hall was sold at his death in 1906.
Harry Speight (1906) refers to 'the picturesque residence of Wm Harker JP . . . on an umbrageous height'.
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