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- About Oakbank
Oak Bank is a prestigious development of 14 apartments in the heart of Headingley, Leeds. The development comprises the conversion of the existing Oak Bank building, and the construction of a new build at the rear of the property. The property sits prominently within a rectangular shaped regular plot of 0.71 acres, accessible from Shaw Lane at the heart of Far Headingley Conservation Area. The site is less than a 5 minute walk to the extensive (see over) retail/leisure amenities of Central Headingley, as well as the main public transport routes.
Oakbank offers a rare opportunity to acquire a luxury apartment in this sought after area of Headingley, Leeds. The development comprises the conversion of the existing Oak Bank building, and the construction of a new build at the rear of the property to create 14 large apartments with period features and large open floor space. The building is subject to extensive renovation over four floors, with the expected completion date of September 2017. The building has secure gated access with ample occupier and visitor parking. All this is set within high quality landscaped grounds boasting mature trees and beautifully maintained gardens to complement your perfect home, adding a complete sense of comfort and security.
Residents and guests will be welcomed by a grand reception area and can indulge in the charms and character these apartments have to offer, with high ceilings and large windows. The interiors have been carefully designed to complement the magnitude of the property, adding extra elegance to this desirable development.
Oak bank was once home to the Cardigan family, (also known as the Brudenell family) one of the wealthiest and most prominent families in Britain in the 19th Century. For fifteen years the land was rented out for agricultural purposes but in 1850 was divided into plots for building development. This is when Oakbank, then known as a ‘Villa’, was built, to subsequently be rented out to tenants. The most famous member of the Brudenell line was James Brudenell, born in 1797, and titled the 7th Earl of Cardigan. He was one of the richest men in Britain with an annual income of £40,000, nowadays worth around 2 million.
It was James who led his brigade in the infamous ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ during the Crimean War in 1854, in which 116 men were killed, 127 wounded and 60 taken prisoner in a foolhardy attempt to seize a Russian position at the head of the Balaclava valley. The Charge of the Light Brigade is one of the most famous events of the Crimean war and became a subject of considerable controversy and public dispute at the time. James Brudenell survived however and returned to Britain in 1855 as a war hero. He was invited to Windsor Castle to describe the battle to Queen Victoria and cardigans, at the time wool waistcoats that British offices wore during the war, were named after him.
His fame did not last long though. After two scandalous marriages and an elaborate life style, James found himself disgraced and in debt. Oakbank was eventually sold in 1880 by his second wife, who was left in financial ruin upon his death. The property has since been used as flats and a restaurant and could now be your new home.
13 - 17 Shaw Ln, Leeds, LS6 4DH