The Cedars, front view, with the original drive giving direct access to main
The Cedars. Front view i.e. south in the1960s. Shows the larger, main
block, cottage at the the side and the original main drive, which had
direct access to main road (closed because of safety problem because of
increasing traffic). The Cedars was built in the mid 18th century (shown
on a 1786 map) by Lord Mexboro' for his Estate Agents. The oldest part
is at the rear. Occupied 1841-1867 by The Rev P.Y. Savile, Rector of
Methley, until his new rectory was built. The next occupants were the
Embleton family, the last member, Mr Henry Cawood Embleton, living here
until his death in 1930. A banker, he lived here for several years with
his sister Maud, the last of five sisters. They employed several
gardeners (5?) to tend the 3 acres of land and large conservatories,
including a tropical greenhouse, where many exotic plants were grown.
Mr H.C. Embleton was a great benefactor of St Oswald's Church and it was
largely due to his generosity that the 1926 renovations were possible. He
was also a great benefactor of the arts and music. Sir Edward Elgar, his
personal friend, often visited the Cedars. The 'musical' tombstones at the
entrance to the main drive to church and others near the cenotaph are those
of the Embleton family.
After the death of Mr Embleton, the house was divided into three: one
large double-fronted house, a cottage at the side of this and another
cottage behind. Later the large house was divided into two flats. In the
1980s the large house became a residential home for the elderly.
Just beyond the house can be seen the blue barge board of the Infant