New era within reach for Calverley Old Hall

Award of £1,600,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards exceptional medieval manor house in Yorkshire.

We are delighted to share the news that our ambitious project to transform Calverley Old Hall has been awarded £1,600,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, enabling the scheme to go ahead. We are also thrilled to announce the appointment of Ilkley-based Dobson Construction Ltd and the commencement of works, whilst we complete the fundraising.  

The manor house of Calverley Old Hall is Grade I-listed and currently considered amongst the most at-risk buildings in England. Our two-year project will bring the whole site into new use with spectacular self-catering holiday accommodation for 10 alongside dedicated space for local communities. 

The £1,600,000 Heritage Enterprise Grant from the Heritage Fund, taken together with the many other donations from generous supporters, means work has now begun - while we seek the remaining £77,000 needed to secure the total project cost. If you can, please donate below to help.

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A revival offering transformative opportunities for all

Incrementally developed by the Calverley family from the 12th century onwards, Calverley Old Hall is awe-inspiring in scale and largely near derelict in internal condition. Recently receiving both listed building consent and planning permission, our imaginative and environmentally sustainable scheme by Cowper Griffith Architects will fuse the conservation of medieval fabric with contemporary design. The two-year project will bring Calverley Old Hall off the Heritage At Risk Register, safeguarding it for future generations.   

At the heart of Calverley’s restoration will be a series of activities and opportunities, including the sharing of traditional craft skills with volunteers, trainees, and apprentices. Coming at a time of instability and uncertainty in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the project will provide stepping-stones for a new generation of heritage specialists, with accredited training and meaningful work experience placements. There will also be a vibrant programme of open days and creative activities enabling people from all backgrounds to get involved.

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Activities and events

Progress so far

Throughout the restoration project we will be offering a series of workshops, events, activities and training opportunities for members of our local community, and visitors from further afield. Our aim is to use our theme of Crafting Cultures to connect communities, cultures and heritage using Calverley Old Hall as inspiration.

For information about training opportunities, Open Days, creative workshops, volunteering opportunities and how to get involved at Calverley Old Hall click the button below.

Upcoming and past events

Tour by Dobsons at Calverley Old Hall for SWAP

‘I recently made a first visit to Calverley Old Hall, and while I had read my brief and seen the photographs, I was still ill-prepared for the wonder of walking into the soaring spaces of the Solar and then the Great Hall – the timber and stone fabric of these ancient places echoing with historical voices.  And that was before I saw the incredible wall paintings which we were so fortunate to discover.

The transformation of Calverley Old Hall will be one of Landmark’s most precious and costly projects. Forty years in development yet now in the last knockings of our fundraising appeal, thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players together with other wonderful supporters, we can reveal and share the special place. We are incredibly grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and all who have contributed so far.’

Alan Leibowitz, Chairman of the Landmark Trust

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