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Rawdon – A Brief History

13th November 2020

The history of Rawdon, a small village east of Leeds, can be traced back to 4000 BC. Historians have discovered artefacts from this time, suggesting human activity in this principally agrarian landscape. Bronze Age discoveries also include a carved stone monument that remains in the garden of one of the Victorian mansions on the estate.

The geology of Rawdon is typical of this part of the country. Sandstone and millstone grit provided a source of building materials for many of the neo-Gothic properties. Properties along Woodland Drive were also home to thoughtfully planted gardens, providing secluded retreat. With tantalising gated and pillared entrances, they formed a somewhat unique ‘estate’ for the High Victorian occupiers.

Image Courtesy of Leeds City Council – Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Plan

However, many of the larger properties are now town houses, mews properties or flats. Not only do they offer an elegant standard of living away from the hustle and bustle of nearby suburban centres, many of the 19th century features remain. With original vistas still offering beautiful views, Rawdon differentiates itself from the many conservations in Leeds and Bradford.

Interested in selling your property in Rawdon, or intrigued to learn its value? We’d love to help! We provide free, no obligation valuations with Director and local property expert, Michael Moore. We’re open 7 days a week and currently conduct valuations in accordance with Covid-19 Government guidance. Call us on 0113 274 2033 to book your valuation today. We even do Saturdays!

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