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Calverley Hall
Calverley Old Hall

Calverley Old Hall is a medieval manor house with Grade I listed building status situated at Calverley, West Yorkshire, England.

Architectural features

Significant portions of the house have unusually escaped alteration and modernisation in later centuries. The oldest section of the property is the solar, believed to be of 14th-century origin. The great hall, which has an interesting 6-bay hammerbeam roof, and the chapel have been dated to 1485–1495. Later additions include an accommodation wing added in the early 16th century by Sir William Calverley to house his very large family.

Calverley family

The Calverley family settled in Calverley in ancient times and remained for several hundred years. In the mid-17th century Walter Calverley (b. 1629) married Francis Thompson, heiress of the Thompson estate at Esholt. In 1709 their son Walter built a new mansion house at Esholt Hall, and the family left Calverley. After his death in 1749 the family sold the Esholt estate, and in 1754 they sold the Calverley properties to the Thornhills. Thereafter the hall was subdivided into cottages.

Modern times

In more recent times the hall has enjoyed humbler tenants. The chapel was let out as a wheelwright's shop. In 1981, however, Landmark Trust bought and restored the hall, which they let out as holiday accommodation.

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