Bramham House was in 1806 as a vicarage, it became a children’s home in 1947. It became disused in 1984 with the closure of the home and has sat decaying into the sorry state that these pictures illustrate.

The house was originally built for the Vicar of Bramham, Robert Bownas, and was then bought in 1814 for £3,000 by James Lane Fox of nearby Bramham Park.

He gave the house to his son, George, as a wedding present.

George Lane Fox then sold the house in 1856 to settle large debts, many of them from his gambling.

After that the house changed hands several times before it was bought by the then West Riding of Yorkshire Council in 1947 as a children’s home.

It was featured in SAVE’s  ‘Take a chance on me’ at risk register in 2011.



  • Ricky stuart, December 27, 2020 @ 13:10

    Thank you so much .Ricky stuart.

  • Ricky stuart, December 27, 2020 @ 13:09

    What a great report, I recently took some photos at this location , I would love to hear some stories from some of the children that stayed here ,Maybe any staff that survive, I live rarely local to bramham, and would love to have a chat with anyone with some history, .. :
    I would make a donation to those that can help for my personal documentary.Thank you Ricky stuart.

  • Clive Chadburn, June 23, 2020 @ 19:56

    Message for Janice linington I you or someone who knows you sees this and knows this lady please ask her to contact me on 07553350088 as she may be able to help me thanks

  • Joe Todkill, June 23, 2020 @ 12:35

    I was in this hell hole in 1960s and was systematically beaten by the superintendant Mr Hail and his wife dont know how he got away with it.

  • Janice Linington, February 19, 2019 @ 10:28

    I spent four years of my childhood here 4 – 8 years old – 1955 – 1959, and happy ones too, also attended Bramham village school, and would really love to see this beautiful building restored

  • Alex Bethley, February 17, 2016 @ 13:14

    Does anyone have the address of the house? Or at least direction from Bramham centre?

  • tumbles, May 31, 2015 @ 08:31

    I think a lot of us do and also the likes of SAVE have continued to campaign for its restoration.

  • jade, May 21, 2015 @ 14:41

    my father grew up in this childrens home. I love going and visiting and listening to his stories. would love to see this beautiful building restored. I think what people don’t understand is it isn’t just a derelict building it was once home to a lot of people:(

  • ann matthews, March 23, 2012 @ 15:03

    what stunning pictures i would love to see this building saved sure would look lovley if the picturs have anything to go by

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