Headingley Home in BBC Two’s A House Through Time with David Olusoga at the Market

Those who buy older houses often wonder about the previous residents after the rush to move in. who were they What did you do for a living? were they happy What did the house look like back then?

These recurring questions sparked the hit BBC television series A House Through Time, in which historian and presenter Dr. David Olusoga revealed the stories of individual homes and their occupants over the decades.

He digs up architectural plans and examines newspaper reports while rummaging through library archives, also chasing down descendants of previous owners and tenants to go into detail and reveal the whole of human life from tedium to intoxication, along with triumphs and tragedies.

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A house from A House Through Time is on the market. Pictured are owners Jackie and Pete Slater with TV presenter David Olusoga.

All this while chronicling the region’s social and economic history.

One of the most intriguing four-part programs revolved around 5 Grosvenor Mount in Headingley, the home of Jackie and Pete Slater.

Built in 1852, your Victorian terraced villa is tucked away in a coveted row of properties built for the middle class.

The sale, now on the market with Manning Stainton for £775,000, is a rare opportunity to buy a home in one of the most desirable areas of this popular Leeds suburb.

The living room.

Thanks to its starring role in A House Through Time, the popular six-bedroom house also offers the rare benefit of an extensive story.

“We had a flyer through the door asking if we’d be interested in being on the show, and we said ‘yes’ because we figured they probably wouldn’t choose us,” says Jackie.

The Slaters bought the house in 1995 and fate appears to have played a part.

“My parents lived a few blocks away and when we were kids, me and my boyfriend used to sit on the wall across from this row and I dreamed of living in this house,” says Jackie.

The dining room.

It’s easy to see why the TV production team chose the property. Many of its historical features have been preserved and tell their own story, and the house also came with a box containing plots of land and title deeds, which helped researchers locate previous residents.

The first was William Bruce, a lawyer and social reformer who also opposed the death penalty. He rented the house for £30 a year.

In the late 1850’s Ann Dawson, a former mill girl who had married a wealthy merchant who then died, had the misfortune to then marry Rhodes Dawson, whose family owned a clothing shop.

The couple bought and squandered a small fortune on the property before the spendthrift Dawson was declared bankrupt and Ann was back to poverty.

One of the bedrooms.

In 1866, William Nicholson, a building contractor, and his family moved in. A Swaledale boy with a talent for carpentry, he climbed the social ladder after moving to Leeds where he set up a construction company which built the famous County Arcade, the Queens Hotel, Tetley’s Brewery and churches, among other buildings.

His son took over at the age of 20, a chip off the old block and a hero who oversaw the rebuilding of Leeds railway bridge in just two weeks after a railway disaster cut Leeds off from the North West.

Later came Popi, a Greek who married a soldier from Yorkshire whom she had met during the Second World War.

The television series also starred the small army of students who had lived in the house in the late 1990s when Jackie and Pete were working in Hong Kong. They had always thought it was rented to young professionals. Being good-natured, they laughed and enjoyed hearing tales of student shenanigans as they met their unwanted tenants as part of the program.

The Slaters’ own story is a happy one. You loved the Grade I listed, light-filled home that spans four floors.

Original features include sash windows, shutters, antique fireplaces, servants at the fireplace, high ceilings, coving and baseboards, although the couple have sensitively updated and enhanced the property while converting the basement into an apartment and a new kitchen installed on the ground floor.

The Gardens.

5 Grosvenor Mount has its original door, a cobbled entrance of Yorkshire stone, dados, coves, wooden shutters and a sweeping staircase.

At the front of the property is the large bay window living room with a marble fireplace and at the back a dining room with a huge sash window and an original fireplace.

The breakfast kitchen is also to the rear with a door to the private car park and outside storage area.

The first floor features a large master bedroom overlooking the garden. There is also a second and third double bedroom and a four piece bathroom with ample storage.

The second floor has two further double bedrooms, a shower room and paneled storage along the well insulated eaves.

The basement is accessible both from the main house and via a separate entrance door.

It has a hall with a built-in storage room, a wet room, a small kitchen and two large rooms, one of which is used as a bedroom and the other as a recording studio.

Outside is a south facing garden with an organic vegetable patch, two lawns, a rock garden and well planted borders.

The Slaters are selling to downsize and move to the Dales, and Jackie says, “We loved living here. All of the properties are family owned and there is a great sense of community.”

For details of the sale please contact Manning Stainton, Tel: 0113 274 8648, www.manningstainton.co.uk.

Number 5 Grosvenor Mount is located in the desirable Headingley Hill and Woodhouse Conservation Area, a historic and little-known part of Leeds.

The area is packed with fascinating architecture and secret gems like Dagmar Woods, and there’s access to walks along the leafy Meanwood Valley Trail.

The shops, restaurants and cafes of Headingley are on your doorstep and Leeds city center is a 20-minute walk away.

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