Aireborough Historical Society

Otley Chevin Jenny's Cottage

Jennys CottageJennys Cottage, Otley Chevin
Jenny's Cottage
Date Undated
Location Otley Chevin
Photo ID
A363 + T57A + J084 + I388
1: The cottage was situated on the Chevin Ridge at Surprise View, it was also known as Chevin Top House or Farm, Jenny Hill Farm or Beacon House.
In the 1820s the tenants were Joseph and Jane Myers.
Jane was commonly called "Jenny" hence the cottage becoming associated with her.
She would provide hot water for tea or even on occasion lend her own crockery to pic-nickers, her hospitality became widely known.
The cottage later became a popular tea room, it was demolished in 1976.
The alternative name of Beacon House refers to the beacons which are traditionally lit on the Chevin as part of a National chain at times of National celebration.

2: Situated on Otley Chevin, Jenny's Cottage was a tearoom, this part of the Chevin is known as Surprise View, as seen on the building.

3: Jenny's Cottage was a popular tearooms located on Otley Chevin with splendid views of Wharfedale.
4: This once popular tea room was originally Chevin Top farmhouse on Otley Chevin, it was demolished in 1980.



Many happy hours spent on Otley Chevin. Many cups of tea as a small child with my mum and grandma and brother.
In the summer on Sunday afternoon we would set off from Manor Square where we lived and walk up old Howarth Lane and on to Otley Lane. We would then walk up the side of Banksfield mill on the footpath and follow it over three fields or "over the Banks", as they were known passing the Bluebell Woods on our left and then up through the farmyard and on to Carlton Road. From there we would walk up the old rough flinty farm track and come out on to the Chevin Road as we called it.we turned left and walked on towards the Royalty Pub and then up to Jenny's Cottage which served Tea and Pop and Ice Creams and Ice Lollies. We thought it was a wonderful place as small kids and we played for hours in the rocks beside the Tea Rooms. One rock in particular was nick named the frying pan because of the large depression weathered in to it, we could squeeze five kids in to that hole with a bit of jostling, it was great fun.
23 May 2013
I have happy memories too of walking there from Larkfield Avenue in Rawdon in those days you could walk through fields nearly all the way there, Moorfield and up by the Stoop near the old lane to Yeadon Aerodrome as it was then called and on to the Royalty. We used to play too on the rocks I loved having a bottle of "pop" as a treat. Such a shame it was demolished as in my mind it was a famous landmark.
13 June 2015
We used to go there all the time in the 50s...They had crisps ! I rolled a big stone down the hill and there was a cry and a scream.. A 'courting couple' had been laid down in the heather and the stone hit the bloke on the head and split his scalp open... Blood all over.......lots of it. Got my legs smacked for that.... again !
14 May 2017
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