History of Gott's Park and Armley Steps
Armley park is a simple mix of green trees, open space and beautiful architectural gems. However, it has quite a bit of history!History of Armley park
The area was originally owned by a merchant, Thomas Woolrich, and the grounds were sold to him by Thomas White in the late C18. Benjamin Gott, who the park is named after, was a prosperous cloth manufacturer. He bought the land in 1803 and lived there until his death in 1840.
During Benjamin Gotts life, Humphry Repton was consulted in 1810 and produced a Red Book, 'Armley House near Leeds in Yorkshire'. Some of the proposals made in this book were carried out. The land stayed in private ownership until 1928 when it was acquired by Leeds City Council. It is now a golf course and public park, with the house now used as the Golf Clubhouse.