I became aware of Acacia House (now demolished) from the Story of Spite & Malice and the Ginnel in relation to Cragg Woods (see blog) and what remains of the grand entrance to Acacia House is not easy to locate, although my persistence was finally rewarded, I just keep wondering what the house would have looked like when it was obviously a grand house in Cragg Wood.  

From what I have been able to find out, Acacia House was first built in 1784 by Abraham Rhodes, a London attorney who returned to his native Rawdon in Yorkshire. In 1833, the estate of 12o acres was sold to Robert Milligan, a Quaker, textile merchant and Bradford’s first mayor. Robert Milligan employed the architect John Clarke to rebuild Acacia House, with the estate expanded to include pre-1790 Cragg Bottom (now Cragg Terrace) which covered over 350 acres.  An 1837 map depicts the extensive grounds of the new house as incorporating fish ponds, plantations, landscaped gardens, gate lodges a bath house, stables and a farm. Today only the north and south lodges and Acacia cottage and Acacia farm survive. During the second world war Acacia house was occupied by troops.

Acacia House was demolished sometime between 1945 and 1965 becoming another victim of the destruction of country houses that took place in 20th-century Britain caused by the result of a change in social, economic and political conditions.


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