Aireborough Historical Society

Micklefield House (1)

Micklefield House
Date 1600's to present
Location Rawdon
Photo ID AA81
A line drawing of Micklefield House, Rawdon.
From the 1600's until the 1930's Micklefield House was a private residence.
The first building on the site was a farmhouse belonging to the Marshal family, in 1662 David Marshal built a new house on the site and in the grounds of the house a sundial has the initials MAM and the date 1691.
The next known occupant was William Leavens (147-1818) and after came his nephew William White and he rebuilt the house, a date stone records this as 1847.In 1863 White auctioned off the estate in lots.
William Kutter purchased the house (1863) and Micklefield Park, John Venimore Godwin was in residence at this time, it is probable he was only a tenant.
In 1871 the house was purchased by Thomas Arton and the tenant J.V.Godwin had moved out.
By 1930 the house was owned by John A Rhodes of Springhead Mill Guiseley, he sold the house and parkland to Rawdon Council in 1930 for £4,500.The townships of Yeadon, Guiseley and Rawdon came together in 1937 to form  Aireborough and Micklefield House became the Aireborough Council Offices.
In 1974 Aireborough became part of the Leeds Metropolitan area and Micklefield House remained as Leeds Council Offices until its closure in 2018.
Photo ID    E028        
Members of the Godwin family , the man on the left is Rev.Benjamin Godwin, father of John Venimore Godwin.



Photo ID    E017
 Pre 1865
Front view of the house
The willow tree in the middle of the lawn was cut down about twelve years ago.
7 August 2013

Photo ID    E018
Stables and outbuildings to the rear of the house.

Photo ID    A325
Front of the house leading down to the formal rose garden.
Photo ID    E016
Micklefield House was rebuilt and over the years it has been extended and renovated by various occupants .Prior to 1870 it was the home of John Venimore Godwin and his family, his parents Benjamin and Elizabeth Godwin lived in the house on the right known as "The cottage".
This house on the right was demolished and is currently the location of Micklefield park carpark (2021) 

Photo ID    T34B
Front of the house.



Photo ID    PU166
Main door to the house on the left with the date stone above 1847.
Donated by Julie Boocock and Ellie Cockcroft.

Photo ID    G031
Coronation Of King George VI & Queen Elizabeth - 1937
The house is decorated and spot-lit to celebrate the Coronation of King George VI & Queen Elizabeth on 12th May 1937.
In April 1937 Micklefield House had become the offices of the new Aireborough Urban District Council (Aireborough UDC)

Photo ID    X143    
Front of the house taken from the formal garden area.

Photo ID    K28    
 Main entrance to the house, at the time of this photo the house was council offices for Leeds City Council. A registrar was based here and births and deaths could be registered.

Photo ID    K29   
Side view of the house from the childrens playground.

Photo ID    K30    
Side view of Micklefield House a modern extension and a single storey building on the left side, these were added after the house became council offices.

Photo ID    T309    
I worked here as a typist in the late 1980's - early 1990's. My office was on the first floor with the bow window in the photo. During my time there I worked for Environmental Health and Social Services.
22 October 2012
Consolidated by - Elaine Ellwood - February 2021
Last updated - February 2021

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Audrey Fleming
Audrey Fleming
Researching my family history I found an ancestor working as a teacher at Micklefield House in the 1851 census. There were about five or six young, single female teachers under a middle-aged woman teacher who was described as the head of the household. Other members of the 'household' included a nurse and three servants and about 50 pupils aged from 10 to 16 years old. All those listed at Micklefield House in the census were female and single.
11 April 2021
I think my great grandmother was a pupil at school at Micklefield House on the 1851 census. I would like to know more about the school.
07 February 2022
Hi Sue, I will forward your comment to our archivists who may be able to assist. I will post their replies here at a future date or if you would care to send your email address to me at I will ask them to reply direct to you. Please let me know.
Regards, Jack.
Jack Brayshaw.
07 February 2022
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