Baildon House

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Baildon House
Address Station Rd.
Postcode BD17 6HS
Built 1724
Built by Robert Holden
Style Vernacular
Grade II list No. 1199362
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Baildon House is on Station Road and is rather difficult to see behind its high stone wall. It was built in 1724 by Robert Holden. Through the Holdens the house has links to the Potted Meat Stick.

On 30 March 1852 James-Theodore Bent, explorer, was born, the only child of James Bent of Baildon, by Margaret Eleanor, eldest daughter and co-heiress of James Lambert of Baildon. He was brought up in Baildon House.[1]

Listed Building description. Grade II

Cottage and house, now single residence. Cottage initialled and dated “ R H M ” 1 7 1 5 (Holden family); House initialled and dated “ RH ” 1724

Hammer-dressed stone, stone slate roofs, 2 storeys. A long range with cottage to left. This has two 1stfloor windows. Doorway with tie-stone jambs with 2-light flat-faced mullioned window above; tripartite sashed windows with same above; doorway (blocked) with date stone over and semicircular-arched window (blocked). Coped gable with kneelers and weathervane to left. Large stack to right gable. Linking passage to house, breaking forward, has 3-light window to each floor. House: 3-room plan with four 1 stfloor windows. Quoins. Outer bays have mid-C20 canted bay windows with 4-light window above. 2nd bay has altered doorway with date stone over in decorative plaque with single-light window above. 3rd bay has 5-light window to each floor. 1st-floor windows have recessed flat-faced mullions with an inner chamfer. Moulded eaves cornice, coped gables with stacks. One other stack to ridge. Rear of house has arched stairwindow with impost blocks and keystone and 2-light double-chamfered mullioned window. Left-hand return of house has porch, carried on cast-iron columns, to wide doorway with monolithic jambs and lintel. 2-light window above with single-light 16-paned sashed window to attic.

Interior: most rooms have richly moulded cornices. Stairhall has closed string staircase with wreathed and ramped handrail, slender turned balusters, 2 to each riser, pair of cast-iron columns the capitals enriched with acanthus decoration. Semicircular-arched doorway with impost, architrave and keystone.

1881 Census

Dwelling: Baildon House

Census Place: Baildon, York, England

Source: FHL Film 1342036. PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4339 Folio 79 Page 10

Name Status Age Gender Birthplace Relationship Occupation
John ROUSE Married 33 Male Bradford, York, England Head Worsted Manufacturer Employing 1000 Hands
Mary J. ROUSE Married 26 Female Epsom, Surrey, England Wife
Lois M. ROUSE 5 Female Baildon, York, England Daughter Scholar
Caroline N. ROUSE 4 Female Whitby, York, England Daughter
L. Alice M. ROUSE 3 Female Baildon, York, England Daughter
Margaret ROUSE 1 Female Baildon, York, England Daughter
Sarah E. BRIDGIT Unmarried 30 Female Bristol, Gloucester, England Visitor
Catherine ANDERSON Unmarried 24 Female Scotland Serv Waiting Maid (Dom)
Jane E. LISTER Unmarried 25 Female Bramham Moor, York, England Serv Cook (Dom)
Annie MILLER Unmarried 18 Female Bradford, York, England Serv Housemaid (Dom)
E. Kate HARYOTT Unmarried 25 Female Cowfold, Sussex, England Serv Head Nurse (Dom)
Bella B. HARRISON Unmarried 18 Female Scarborough, York, England Serv Under Nurse (Dom)

1901 Census

The Rookery

Smith Feather, Justice of the Peace for West Riding & City of Bradford, 63, born Bingley. Foreign Wool Merchant & Camelhair & Topmaker. Employer.

Mary J Feather. Wife, 56. Born Dufton, Westmorland.

1947 Electoral Role

Baildon House

  • William J Roach SJ
  • Agnes E Roach
  • Anne Culleton
  • Catherine Mackey

Baildon Lodge

  • Thomas Briggs
  • Eileen Briggs
  • Laura Healey


  1. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement. Bent, James Theodore by William Carr and Bent Archive