Leeds based author Steve Ward is set to have another book published this month. Steve retired from teaching some years ago but has not let the grass grow under his feet. Since then, he has had four books published, including a children’s novel, an historical novel, and two books on aspects of circus history. In between visiting his grandchildren around the country (he has seven), he also finds time to write articles and features for genealogical magazines. With such a keen interest in genealogy and history it was only natural that, when offered, he should jump at the chance to write about such a well-known Leeds attraction as Temple Newsam.
Temple Newsam is now owned by Leeds City Council, and many people will have strolled through the parklands or gardens without being fully aware of the long history of the estate. Steve’s new book covers 1,000 years of its history; taking us right back to the time of the Knights Templar, from where the name ‘Temple’ Newsam is derived. The book also delves into the lives of some of the occupants of the estate, such as Sir Thomas Darcy, beheaded for his part in the Pilgrimage of Grace; Lord Darnley, the husband of Mary Queen of Scots; Sir Arthur Ingram, one time political intriguer and ‘Mr Fix-it’; and several others. But the book isn’t just about the lives of the famous. Steve also explores the lives of the estate workers and servants, as well as all the ghostly goings on in the house.
Once described as ‘The Hampton Court of the North’, Temple Newsam is a jewel in the crown of Yorkshire’s stately homes. It is well worth a visit and Steve’s book will give you all the background information to enjoy your visit to the full.
The book can be purchased from www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
RRP £12.99. Steve will be at Waterstones, Albion Street on the 30th of this month at 7pm to officially launch his book and sign copies.