Access: one step from the pavement, after that wheelchair friendly
An imposing house, grade II listed, in this important street, whose name means ‘new building’ although it is an ancient street, certainly 15th century and perhaps earlier. The house was built by James Gee (a member of the Bishop Burton family) in 1746 and refronted in the early 19th century. Three storeys in red brick with slate roofs, windows have hung sashes with glazing bars, painted stone heads and cill strings to ground and first floors. Early 19th cent. cast iron gates to the gravelled yard.
The doorway facing the garden is a reuse of material from a gallery designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor for Beverley Minster c.1720, demolished in 1826. A stone in the garden wall with the initials TA marks Teavil Appleton’s enlargement of the garden in 1771. Teavil Appleton had numourous illegitimate children with his housekeeper Ann Leason, and one called Teavil Leeson is alleged to have been an officer at St Helena, where Napoleon was imprisoned after Waterloo.
The present owners have now tamed the wilderness that overwhelmed the gardens when they moved into this extensive property. Walls have been re-pointed, raised seating areas built and ponds created to make the garden a home for both wild and human life .Visitors will enjoy the leafy pergola, the rose bushes and the lush mature planting that abounds in this garden.
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