Clayton Villa

Station Road and my favourite building in Methley – typical English 19th century building, ever a source of mystery to me. Who could have commissioned such a property? Too big for a station master.

The answer is in Jim Melvin’s book, Methley 2000 under Methley census 1881.

The house was Clayton Villa home of Murray Clayton, successful machine toolmaker and engineer of Leeds – perfect for commuting to his place of work in Leeds from Methley Station . How did they manage to retain the cast iron railings throughout the war? The house had been split into two for all the time that I have known it.

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