The Solar at Calverley Old Hall.
Behind an unassuming exterior, the Grade I listed building retains some exceptional surviving fabric. The 14th-century timber-framed Solar is particularly rare and the 15th-century Great Hall one of just a few in Yorkshire to survive with its original roof. Today Calverley Old Hall is on the Heritage at Risk register and much of the site is semi-derelict, its remarkable historic interior boarded up and hidden from view.
Following an architectural design competition, we are developing exciting plans to give the whole site a secure new future. The most historically significant spaces will be transformed into a spectacular Landmark holiday let for 10, fusing medieval fabric with contemporary design.
The Great Hall will become the kitchen and dining space, where those staying will cook and eat beneath its vast hammer-beam roof. Floors will be returned to the stripped out shell of the 14th century solar, the oldest surviving part of the building, creating a living room upstairs and bedrooms below. The chapel will be restored and the current Landmark in the later 17th-century wing converted for a variety of uses, including a new community use space.
The stripped-out shell of the Great Hall as it stands today.
More than half of the funding needed is already in place, including initial support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We will be launching a fundraising campaign in the spring of 2021, asking for your help to rescue this remarkable building. If we are successful in raising the funding needed, restoration work could begin on site in 2022 and a repaired and reborn Calverley Old Hall would open its doors in 2024.
Support in the early stages of any building rescue is particularly valuable to us, and we are grateful to those Project Guardians whose generosity is enabling us to develop our plans at Calverley Old Hall.
For more information about the project, or to support the restoration of Calverley Old Hall as a Project Guardian please contact Bruce Hall [email protected] or Hatty Masser [email protected]
The surviving roof and fireplaces in the oldest part of the building, the 14th century Solar.
For more information about the project, or to support the restoration of Calverley Old Hall, please contact Bruce Hall [email protected] or Hatty Masser [email protected].
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 Semaphore Tower 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
We thank all who have supported the appeal, including other Guardians, Patrons and trusts who have chosen to remain anonymous.