‘It was heavenly to soak up the character of an ancient building, a peaceful village and countryside to delight.’
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Calverley Old Hall is a solidly romantic place to stay, fascinating to all interested in how life has evolved through the centuries, and how an ancient building changes to accommodate these changing patterns and preoccupations.
The Calverley Arms in Calverley is a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.
Calverley Old Hall, in the small town of Calverley, has the cosmopolitan city of Leeds close by, where you can visit the Royal Armouries and Temple Newsam, a Tudor-Jacobean house with beautiful grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. Roundhay Park and the Rodley Nature Reserve are lovely places for walks and to enjoy lots of outdoor activities.
The wing began as a two-storeyed timber-framed structure, dating from around 1300. The lower part of the outside walls was probably cased in stone but the south gable, which lay a few feet back from the present one, may have had ornamental timber braces. There was a wide fireplace in the west wall of the main first floor room, which would have been a private sitting and living room for the Calverley family of the day. Beneath this were probably store-rooms.
Leaving the hall, turn right and go through the opening in the low wall, to continue clockwise round the front of the house, passing along the south side of the hall and solar. Follow the paved path to the door of the Chapel.
In 1604 the landowner, Walter Calverley, went insane and murdered some of his children in Calverley Hall. He refused to plead and was ordered to be pressed to death, a method used to try to force a confession. He died without confessing his crime in order to ensure that his estate was not taken from his remaining family.
Old maps indicate that a building was erected on this site in Victorian times between 1851 and 1893. Nestling on the edge of the picturesque village of Calverley, The Calverley Arms offers views over the adjacent Aire Valley and the edge of Leeds. It's a beautiful building nestling in a healthy plot of land bordered by large trees offering lots of open space and fresh air.
The story of the Calverleys ends on a happier note with the 1st Baronet, Sir Walter Calverley, a possible source for Sir Roger de Coverley, Addison's country squire of The Spectator. A busy, contented and prosperous man, he was the last of his family to have much to do with Calverley, though he lived not here but at neighbouring Esholt. His son, 2nd and last Baronet, moved further away, to Northumberland, where he inherited his mother's estate at Wallington.
Bringing the entire grouping back into uses of some kind has been an aspiration for Landmark since the 1980s, but finding uses appropriate to the building’s scale and antiquity has not proved easy. Discussions with various bodies over the years have so far come to nothing, but Landmark continues to seek a partner or partners to bring Calverley Old Hall fully back to life.
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Our beautiful pub is on the edge of the pretty, rural village of Calverley - very handy for Leeds and Bradford - and next door to the rejuvenated Leeds Liverpool Canal and the popular Aire Valley Towpath.
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In nearby Kirkstall you can get a glimpse of life in 19th century Leeds at the Abbey House Museum and explore the medieval Kirkstall Abbey and its rolling parklands. The Saltaire Village World Heritage Site also makes a fascinating day out, in this well preserved Victorian model village. The annual Saltaire Festival is staged here in September.
Leaving the North House, turn to your right, clockwise round the back of the house. The first door you see leads into the Solar wing, the earliest part of the present building. This is now a shell, having been stripped out, for archaeological analysis and to be ready for repair at a future date.
In the 1086 Domesday Book, Calverley is listed as "Caverleia".
Calverley Golf Club 18 hole golf course is a par 68, 5649 yard course that spans both sides of Woodhall Lane, through the beautiful West Yorkshire countryside around Pudsey...
The Landmark Trust has owned Calverley Old Hall since 1981, when it was for sale in three separate lots. It had long been divided into cottages, but under a single landlord, the Thornhill Estate. Then funded by Sir John Smith’s Manifold Trust, Landmark bought this important medieval house so that it could remain in single ownership.
Drive about half an hour from Calverley to Keighley and take a trip on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum in the delightful, historic village of Haworth. Railway enthusiasts will also enjoy a visit to the Middleton Railway near Leeds, the world's oldest working railway.
This Gothic folly sits on the edge of the Natio...
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Then there is the tragic Walter Calverley, who in 1605 ran amok and murdered his two small sons, William and Walter, and died himself under torture. The surviving son, Henry, is a poignant figure, dogged by ill luck in youth and later burdened by a huge fine imposed by Parliament for being a Royalist. It was he who added the North wing, probably before the Civil War began.
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Our 10 bedroom Innkeeper's Lodge continues The Calverley Arms' tradition of welcoming travellers. It's our local charm that attracts people who live in the north west of Leeds and visiting ramblers, as well as diners and drinkers from Bradford and nearby Greengates, Pudsey and Horsforth. We also welcome business and leisure travellers to enjoy some of the best bedrooms and accommodation in The Aire Valley.
Onto one end of this stone hall a timber-framed solar wing was added soon after. This was to be remodelled and enlarged about a hundred years later, around 1400.
Calverley is a village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England, on the A657 road, midway between Leeds city centre and Bradford. The population of Calverley in 2011 was 4,328. The appropriate City of Leeds ward was called Calverley and Farsley with a population at the 2011 Census of 22,594.
The western wall and window of the fine main room had to be rebuilt. A later fireplace in one corner was removed, and the adjacent timbers extended by scarfing new oak timbers into position. The original fireplace was opened up and a new stone floor laid. The walls were lime plastered and lime washed. The stone staircase was re-used but turned round and fully modern facilities provided in the kitchen, cloakroom and bathroom.
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The last major addition, this is now the Landmark. It dates from the first half of the 17th century, the work of Henry Calverley, the survivor of the Calverley murders. It contained a fine dining room, now the living room, with a kitchen beyond it as now. This was a fashionable arrangement in Stuart Yorkshire. On the first floor there were probably bedchambers, again as now.
The village was part of the Municipal Borough of Pudsey alongside Farsley until 1974, though for centuries previously both Pudsey and Farsley were part of the Calverley parish.
A family called Scot was living in Calverley in the 1160s and was later to take the name of the place as its own. At an early date they began to put all their family and estate papers into a large chest. For 500 years both the family and the papers remained here in Calverley, in a house that naturally grew and changed over the centuries. So, before 1300, they had already built a small stone hall house for themselves, of which traces survive.
Next to the River Coquet in a quiet wooded vall...