Project Engagement Officer (Calverley Old Hall)
I have the privilege to work on site at Calverley Old Hall and see it change week by week as it is sensitively restored. It's a fascinating building will forever hold a special place in my heart.
With a varied and unique history dating back over 700 years, the building creaks in all the right places and has plenty to share with any guest who wishes to enter the door. I’m greeted every day by a wonderful portrait of a dapper smiling gent drinking his glass of port, fondly nicknamed ‘Port Pete’, one of the last remnants which reminds me that for around 40 years, this small part of the building was the sole Landmark property.
As many will know, Calverley is currently undergoing a huge National Lottery Heritage Fund restoration project. The Old Hall will be transformed from its previously derelict state into a 10 person Landmark, with a community space and long-term residential let. This will be a wonderful addition to the Landmark portfolio which will allow people to experience both the unique nature of this wonderful building and the warm community of the surrounding village.
Having spoken to many from the local area over my time here, many remember Calverley fondly; not as the Medieval 14th century manor house it once was, but subdivided into a series of small cottages, home to well-known villagers like the milkman who lived in one of the cottages near the solar. From small leather shoes hidden away in the roof, to beautiful Tudor paintings revealed behind plaster boarded walls, Calverley is a building of mystery. With another year left on the restoration project it still has lots of secrets to give up yet, and while I’m not quite sure we will ever know everything that’s quite alright with me, it’s all part of the charm!