12 photos that capture the true beauty of Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam by Ian Wilson

Temple Newsam by Ian Wilson - Credit: Archant

This Tudor-Jacobean house with extensive grounds yields plenty of great photo opportunities.

The Temple Newsam estate is located a few miles east of Leeds city centre and contains over 1500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland. The estate’s name originates from its association with the Knights Templar who were in possession of the site from the mid 12th century until the 14th century.

In the early 1500’s, Sir Philip Darcy commissioned the building of the country house which has had extensive additions and amendments over the years. The most famous addition came in the 1760s when landscape architect, Lancelot “Capability” Brown was employed to re-landscape the park.

Brown is considered by many to be England’s greatest gardener, he designed the parks and grounds at Chatsworth House and Harewood House and although his plan was not fully implemented in the redevelopment of the gardens, there is enough of his influence here to make the grounds one of the most popular open spaces in Yorkshire.

The surrounding woodland is filled with carpets of bluebells in Spring and the famous Rhododendron Walk brings many people to the gardens in late May, the three lakes known as Menagerie Ponds are popular in the summer and the tree lined avenues are a colourful delight in the Autumn.

If you’re lucky enough to catch Temple Newsam under snow, it really is transformed into a winter wonderland right here on your doorstep.

We would love to see your photos of Temple Newsam throughout the year, upload them to the Yorkshire Life reader photo gallery.