0 Have your say Should you – heaven forbid! – over-indulged at the New Year, then this is the ideal circuit to clear the cobwebs and set yourself up for the day. So put the kids in wellies and step into 2018 on this nice little family outing from one of Leeds’s most popular visitor attractions. If you can’t manage the full course, take the short cut of only four miles.The wonderful facility that is Roundhay Park was the vision of one man, Thomas Nicholson, who purchased the Roundhay Estate in 1803 from landowning aristocrat Philip, Lord Stourton. Nicholson was born in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, in the 1760s, the son of a modest clothier. He made his fortune in London through a combination of banking and insurance broking and set about transforming his Roundhay estate into a green oasis.He built the Mansion in 1818 in the deep recession following the Napoleonic wars, giving employment to scores of out-of-work labourers and returning soldiers. He transformed two quarries into lakes – the 33-acre Waterloo Lake and the much smaller Upper Lake. Waterloo Lake was constructed by old soldiers from Wellington’s triumphant army, hence its name.Nicholson died in 1821 but his family continued… Read full this story
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