Appeal launched to save Calverley Old Hall

This exceptional Grade I-listed medieval manor house in Yorkshire is at risk. Much of its remarkable historic interiors are semi-derelict, boarded up, and hidden from view. An exciting solution is now within reach, which will transform the whole site for new uses, thus securing its future. With your support, we will create a spectacular new Landmark for 10 and a dedicated space for the community. Throughout the restoration, rare craft skills will be passed on to trainees and apprentices. Please help if you can.

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Behind the apparently sound exterior, the decaying glories of 800 years of architecture remain. The 15th-century great hall and 14th-century solar are awe-inspiring in their scale, derelict and floorless in their condition, and technically and financially challenging as a project.

Explore Calverley Old Hall’s history and development (link to new history page)

 

Following an international design competition, an exciting solution has emerged which fuses traditional conservation with contemporary design. The great hall will become an impressive open space for living, cooking, and eating. The 14th-century solar block will hold bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor, with a sitting room upstairs. The lodging block will become a community space with a residential flat above. Together, these sympathetic combined uses will give the whole site a secure future for all to enjoy.

Explore our plans and the winning design (link to our plans page)

The restoration will be a stepping-stone for a new generation of trainees and apprentices. A vibrant programme of activities involving local community groups, schoolchildren, and others will take place during the project, enabling people from all backgrounds to get involved in the project.

Events and activities (link to community page)

Help us to act now, whilst the historic fabric is still intact.

In the unrestored and semi-derelict spaces, remarkable features survive.  The 14th century timber-framed solar is exceptional and the 15th century great hall one of just a few in Yorkshire to survive with its original roof. Recently, we discovered very rare Tudor wall paintings hidden behind early 20th-century lath and plaster.  (link all text to new history page)

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Thank you to our supporters

We are hugely grateful to all those who have already supported the restoration of Calverley Old Hall, including:

Guardians of Calverley Old Hall and other lead supporters:

Dr C Guettler and Ms J Graham, Mr M Seale, Mr T Wise

Patrons and other generous individuals:

Ms F Grimshaw

Gifts in Wills and in memory:

The late Mr M Edwards, the late Mrs C Mills, the late Mrs V Place and the late Mr P Robinson and gifts in memory of the late Mr S Curtis.

Charitable Trusts and Statutory Grants:

Architectural Heritage Fund, The H B Allen Charitable Trust, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Pym Foundation    ahf-logo-280x200.jpg
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We thank all who have supported the appeal, including other Guardians, Patrons and trusts who have chosen to remain anonymous.