Rose Mount Villa, Bradford

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Rosemount villa was built in 1849 for the successful Bradford merchant, John Douglas.

At the end of Clifton Villas and at the end of a long driveway is Rose Mount, a very large Tudor style mansion built in 1849-51 for John Douglas to the design of Andrews and Delauney. This was the first house to have been built on this cul-de-sac and the rest of the houses were built on the former gardens of Rose Mount. The building was last used as the T F Davis Professional Development Centre by its present owners, Bradford Council who abandoned this use some time ago and the building stands vacant and boarded up. Despite its long term redundancy, the sprawling complex is in a good condition, with its diminished slate roofs in tact and the corniced stone chimneys retaining their full height. The mansion has various Dutch gables and has ashlar quoined angles and a dripmould between ground and first floors. The asymmetrical front elevation has two and three storey Dutch gables with cruciform mullion windows at first floor.

To the east of the original villa, the single storey addition has a canted bay window, the glazing of which forms a leaded and stained glass picture, which presumably depicts the Baltic Sea and the skyline of Riga.

Notes:
•  The Douglas family had trading links in the Baltic states.
 Robert and James Douglas were merchants in Bradford at this time.


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• City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

 
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