Ancestry UK

Cliff House Remand Home / Newcliff House School, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire

Cliff House, on Fawcett Lane, Leeds, was donated to Leeds City Council in 1929 by Stephen Cliff. A few years later it began operation as a Remand Home for up to 23 boys, aged between 8 and 16 years.

Cliff House Remand Home, Leeds, c.1950. © Peter Higginbotham

Cliff House Remand Home — classroom, Leeds, c.1950. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1958, Cliff House was replaced by a new Remand Home at Skelton Lane. At around the same time, a new Remand home for girls was opened at Westwood Grange, Beeston park Ring Road.

On March 16th 1966, Cliff House was re-opened as a residential school for boys with special educational needs, the first of its kind to be sponsored by a local authority. It accommodated up to 18 boarders and 6 day pupils. In around 1969 it became Newcliff (or Newcliffe) House School, a Community Special School, which operated until the end of August, 1998. In recent years, the building has stood empty.

Cliff House, Leeds, 2014. © Peter Higginbotham


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