Calverley Old Hall Appeal

Exceptional Grade I-listed medieval manor house in Yorkshire at risk.

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. With over £2million already raised, we now urgently need your help to find £427,000 to support a major grant bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Take a virtual tour

Explore the magnificent spaces of the great hall, chapel and the solar, or take a fascinating look around the derelict cottages at Calverley with our virtual tour below:

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.

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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


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 and 15th-century great hall are both exceptional. Recently, we discovered very rare Tudor wall paintings hidden behind early 20th-century lath and plaster. You can read more about the history of the site here. 

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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 and Mrs C Seale, Mr T Wise, Mr G Neame OBE, Mr N Strange and Mr M Brecker, Dr I and Mrs C Lee, Mr R and Mrs H Button, Mr R Grigson and Mr A Layng, Dr J and Mrs J Bull, Mr P Burfoot and Mr D Boyd.

Patrons and other generous individuals:

Ms F Grimshaw, Ms G Rawinsky, Dr P Strangeway, Mr T Youngman, Mr S Martin, Mr R Baker, Dr D Speller, Dr J Barney, Dr R Gurd, Mr G Reed and Mr N Atkinson, Mr A Baker and Ms S Darling, Mr M Power, Mr C and Mrs N Amy, Mr C and Mrs I McDermott-Spencer, Mrs J Leaf, Mr J Holmfield, Mr P Claydon, Mrs S Hands, Mr G Jennings, Mrs F Pentney, Mr S and Mrs R Jordan, Mr K Holmes, Mr R Nelson, Miss K Edwards, Professor M Airs, Mr C Giffin, Mr J Blaikie, Mrs P Maitland Dougall, Mr J Valentine, Dr P Judkins, Mr D Holberton.

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. Gifts in memory of the late Mr S Curtis, of the late Dr P Crimmin.

Charitable Trusts and Statutory Grants:

Architectural Heritage Fund, The H B Allen Charitable Trust, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Pym Foundation, T B H Brunner Charitable Trust, The Hippocleides Trust, Barnsbury Charitable Trust, The Murray Family, The Mercers' Company.


We thank all who have supported the appeal, including other Guardians, Patrons and trusts who have chosen to remain anonymous.