Dunford house, 1981.
The house stands in the fields to the
east side of Green Lane and is easily seen from the A639. and is quite a
landmark on the busy road. This photo shows the house restored (late
1970s) but retaining its original Georgian character.
There was a house on this site in the 15th century. Robert Waterton died
and left no legitimate offspring and in the partitioning of his estate
1488, Dunford House was given to Robert Tempest and Dame Katherine
Welles, daughter of Lionel Lord Welles and therefore grand-daughter to
There are various spellings of Dunford recorded: Dun(s)forth, Dunfurthe,
Dounsford, Dun(s)ford. A record of 1587 in the will of John Burton,
proved in this year "to my brother Astwicke a house called Dunffurthe
House". The 1592 Land Tax records Burtons at Dunsforthe. Later the
Smithson family is recorded at Dunsforth
In 1704 the land was released and leased to
Samuel Stocks, yoeman, for £550 - messuage of Dunford Houses and 4 closes.
The Stocks family owned and leased quite an amount of land in the 18th
An indenture dated 1759 between John, Lord Pollington and Michael Stocks of
Methley, gentleman, contains the statement that " Michael Stocks has lately
built a good mansion house....near that Common called Windmill Moor... lying
on the east side of the causeway and road leading from Methley Bridge to
From 1750 - 1759 Michael Stocks rebuilt Dunford House in its present style.
Michael, son of Samuel Stocks of "y Bridge end", yoeman, and Martha his
wife, was 24 years of age at this time. He died in 1773 aged 37.
At the end of the 18th century, about 1790, Dunford House was occupied by
Mr. David Dunderdale (see next page.
The house is now owned by Mexborough estate and occupied by a tenant farmer.
This view shows the fine Georgian house and, on the right, the restored farm
buildings. On the far right is the barrier for the sand and gravel quarry.