Hawkshaw House, later called Leyland House, was located in Selby Road just before Charlie Sweep’s Corner (opposite Garforth Community College playing fields). In the 19th century the house was a private boarding school for boys, and was later owned by T.B. Smith who had a shop on Main Street. The house often hosted NSPCC garden parties .
The name Hawkshaw House appears to have been for Fletcher Samuel Hawkshaw, listed of Hawkshaw House in Pigot’s Directory of 1834 for Aberford .
I have spent a lot of time at this house as my best friend lived there since we were seven! I remember being told that the house dates from the 17th century but I don’t have any references for that date.
Inside the house was very grand with a large, straight staircase in the middle of the house and a long, wide hall upstairs. On the end of the house, closest to Lidgett Lane, is where the school room was. The grounds of the house run all the way down to the old railway line.
The house was sadly demolished in 2006 to make way for several large new houses to be built.
- Unknown (with original photographer) 
This photo was taken by Dave from the roof of the new house that they were building and shows the back of the old house. If you look closely at the above picture you can see a single story section of the building in the far left of the frame with a sloping roof, the same section can be seen in the picture below which provides some reference.
- March 2004
- David Foster