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Site timeline

1868: The house is sold by auction. The sale particulars list `Lot 1. The mansion called Taitlands with carriage house, stables, outbuildings, garden and pleasure grounds, paddock and plantations (2.25 acres). The Residence is pleasantly situated in one of the most picturesque localities in Yorkshire, commanding extensive views.'

1871: A railway tunnel is constructed under the north-east corner of the site.

1942: The site becomes a youth hostel.

2007: The youth hostel is closed.



Feature created: 1840

Tuscan sundial base around 146cm high with pronounced entasis and inscribed TR 1840 on the base, the dial and gnomon are now gone.

gate piers

East entrance to the curved driveway has a pair of gate piers with pyramidal caps flanked by a curved stone wall linking additional posts on each side.

garden building

Feature created: 1831

The Coach House is dated RTJ 1831.


The grounds to the east of the house are enclosed by the semi-circular sweep of the carriage drive.

specimen tree

There are individual (specimen) beech and sycamore trees giving a mini parkland effect.


The remains of the base of the conservatory show it was built of stone, but was brick-lined and with a stone capping above.


A ha-ha separates the garden to the south of the house, from the adjoining pasture.

kitchen garden

On the north-west of the site is the service area for the house and family, including the walled kitchen garden. The walled garden is now (2003) a complete wilderness. All the borders are gone and the paths have been removed.



garden building

Other buildings include a former servants' cottage and sheds.