House with royal connections

Hard Gap
Hard Gap

A Linton house which has gone up for sale has royal connections.

Hard Gap on Main Street was built in 1930 for the Lupton family of Leeds who are related to the Duchess of Cambridge on her father’s side.

The Luptons, relatives on her father Michael’s side, were a rich and successful manufacturing family based in Leeds.

They mixed with the upper classes and rubbed shoulders with royalty.

Her great great grandfather Francis Martineau Lupton and her great great uncle Sir Charles Lupton were both at Cambridge and Sir Charles founded the law firm DLA Piper.

Michael Middleton’s great grandfather was brought up at Beechwood, a Georgian mansion in Roundhay, Leeds, and his great uncle Hugh was Lord Mayor of Leeds.

Shirley Lawrenson, who bought Hard Gap 13 years ago, says: “The house was built for a member of the Lupton family but, sadly, he died in a riding accident before he could move in and so it was kept by the Lupton’s but let for many years.”

The property, which is has a price tag of £1,800,000 and is for sale with Beadnall Copley, also boasts another royal connection.

Princess Margaret once stayed there when visiting former Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, the late John Lyles.

“He showed her the garden and she asked him the name of a particular rose. He told her it was named after the Queen Mother,” said Shirley, who bought the property after being captivated by the stunning, south-facing garden.

Shirley and her husband, who are keen gardeners, added a kitchen extension, an Aga and removed the back staircase, while taking care to preserve the many period features.

Estate agent Andrew Beadnall said: “Linton, of course, is now synonymous for this type of home but it is Hard Gap which set the trend in 1930 when the Luptons had the property designed for themselves and at that time it did have considerably much more land which in recent years has been developed.”

He added that although the house had only been on the market for three weeks there had been considerable interest, with the royal connection a particular draw.