c. 1649/18th & 19th Century – Sowerby, West Yorkshire, England

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Wood Lane, Sowerby Bridge

  • £750,000
    $969,080 USD
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 7950 Sq Ft
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Wood Lane Hall is a magnificent Grade I listed building. Having been built in the period 1649 to 1651 with some additions in early eighteenth and nineteenth century this impressive building has an abundance of original features including open fireplaces, decorative ceilings and stone mullioned windows. Being surrounded by mature gardens this home benefits from a beautiful outlook. In need of some remedial works this really is a rare opportunity for any buyer.

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Contact Information
Edkins & Holmes Estate Agents
01422 757067
OHD Notes
Grade I Listing Description - Full description: House. Dated 1649 and 1651 incorporating parts of earlier frame and with late C18-early C19 alterations. For John and Elizabeth Dearden. Coursed squared stone, stone slate roof. Hall with cross-wings plan, 2 rooms deep. 2 storeys with cellar and attic; 3 bays, outer 2 gabled. Chamfered plinth, transomed double chamfered windows with cyma-moulded mullions and some stanchions, string with decorative stops flanking windows, decorative stopped dripmoulds to principal 1st-floor windows, coped embattled parapet with finials to merlons and coped gables. Between central (hall) bay and right bay is a 2-storey porch: doorway has fluted jambs on plinths, imposts, bi-cusped lintel carved with male head and '1649 IDED' above; it is in architrave of fluted columns on lozenge-decorated plinths supporting entablature with head in frieze, moulded cornice and ball finials; large 1st-floor rose window with mouchettes and some original leading and glass under dripmould with headstops dated 1651; fronting central finial is sundial; right return of porch has 1st-floor window and gutter spout. Central, hall, bay: tall 9-light window with king mullions and 2 transoms breaks string and has dripmould; to its left a doorway, formerly a window with chamfered lintel. Left bay projects and both this and right bay have a 6-light window with king mullion to ground and 1st floors and a stepped 3-light single chamfered window with moulded cill to attic, left bay has a 2-light window to each floor of right return. Ridge stack at right end of hall paired, corniced, diamond-set flues; 2 other stacks to right wing, on left of ridge. Rear: 3 gabled bays with 2-storey porch between right hand bays. Plinth, double chamfered mullioned windows transomed except for untransomed 2-light cellar windows, string. Porch: dog-kennel; arched light and 2-light windows above to either side; entrance is up steps on right return through chamfered quoined, Tudor-arched doorway; on right of a 4-light window. Right bay: a 2-light window to each floor. Central bay: a 6-light window with king mullion; broken spout below; two 3-light windows above. Left bay: two late C18-early C19 2-light windows; on left, steps down to plain stone surrounds doorway. Gables have chamfered coping and finials. Left return: a 4-light and three 2-light windows to ground floor; string returned from front; two 4-light and one 2-light windows above; gutter spouts, each carved with a face or animal. Right return: sashes with glazing bars to 1-and 2-light flat faced mullion windows. Interior: hall: full-height; large very fine chamfered Tudor-arched fireplace with fluted Ionic pilasters on lozenge decorated plinths, cornices, wooden panel above carved with floral motifs and spiral frieze rises into cornice with knobs on frieze; gallery running round 3 sides has turned balusters set on carved panel; fine panelling with hearts and carved frieze; panelled doors with segmental arched surrounds; elaborate moulded pilaster ceiling has decorative panels with pomegranates, shields and lions in relief and fluted central boss. Front left room has chamfered segmental-arched fireplace with wooden leaf-carved panels above and flanking consoles; carved frieze to panelled walls. Kitchen, to rear centre, has very wide fireplace; in one section the 2 spine beams have moulded plasterwork on soffit with central lozenge and pomegranates; in the left end the spine beams are chamfered and the window has stanchions and leaded glazing. The right wing has altered late C18-early C19 and the ground floor room has a bolection-moulded fireplace, large panels on walls, cornice, imported earlier dog-leg stair with spiral and decorative-panelled balusters. 1st floor: chamfered Tudor-arched doorways; 3 original doors of 4 moulded panels and with butterfly hinges. Front left room has a good cyma-moulded Tudor-arched fireplace, moulded cornice and spine beams. Rear left room has ogee-chamfered segmental-arched fireplace; leaded lights to window; a king-post roof truss with vertical struts and continuous mortice in soffit of tie beam for former partition wall. At top of stairs to rear left is a section of early balusters. Another king-post roof truss visible in central rear room. The wheel window is identical to that at New Hall, Elland.
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37 Comments on c. 1649/18th & 19th Century – Sowerby, West Yorkshire, England

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Article with floorplan, a couple of older photos and a drawing here: link

  2. Lorriejo says: 33 comments

    Wow! This is just my cuppa!

  3. BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Wow, you just don’t see this kind of thing here in U.S.! It could be the setting for just about every one of my favorite English novels!

  4. Wendy T says: 64 comments

    Sweet lord of mercy. It would be like living in a Masterpiece Theatre period drama! The notes are great– but I confess I didn’t understand half the architectural terms!

  5. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2261 comments
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    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central, NY

    Hmmm… not bad, not at all bad. ?

  6. Kfidei says: 343 comments

    I agree, I could decipher very little of the lengthy architectural notes, but no matter. This place makes me sad that I am not rich 🙂

    It’s GOT to be haunted. Hopefully there is some legend about a lady in white or Sir Someone-or-other who stalks the place at night. This place is fantasy-worthy and no mistake. Even if I could afford this place, I could never afford to furnish her. Hopefully a deep-pocketed guardian will scoop her up. As for me, I am off to ride the moors…

    • Zann says: 520 comments

      Or possibly a monk. It doesn’t really matter what the actual history of the home is. I think a monk ghost would be quite fitting. 😛

  7. Calvin says: 9 comments

    Read the comments section on the above link. Hilarious and so off topic!

  8. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1051 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    Can you even believe it?? I can’t think of a superlative that does it justice. That pinwheel window is…is…eeeeek! I don’t know 😉
    This is simply wonderful I’m with you Bethany Otto, this wouldn’t stand a chance in the US where even houses built in the 20th cent. are deemed in need of updates, upgrades, granite, stainless steel and “modernization”.

  9. Betty Jo says: 27 comments

    Wow! I’m about a million shy!

  10. Lottie says: 355 comments

    Thank you for posting this house, Kelly! I love Old House Dreams!

  11. Karen says: 1184 comments

    I don’t know what kind of shape the plumbing and electrical are in, but the only thing I can see that this house needs, are some roses or hydrangeas or such to make the outside look a little less forbidding. This house makes me want to go out and buy a bunch of prints of cavaliers and Georgian heroes of the Napoleonic wars to hang on the walls! I wonder if all the fireplaces work. Do the English switch their wood burning fireplaces to gas? This may seem heretical, but I hate cleaning up after a wood fire!

    • PepperReed says: 37 comments

      I though the same thing! I wound want to have trellis with climbing roses all along the facade to soften it. but that’s pretty traditional for the UK and I’m surprised that they don’t have the plantings at this house.

    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1162 comments
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      1875 Limestone house
      Langeais, Loire Valley,

      I think we’re still very much into wood burning fireplaces and stoves in Europe. I’m french and gas fireplaces sound weird to me. Brits also had coal fireplaces like in the US, the ones with an insert support grate in later buildings, and i don’t think i’ve ever seen that in France.

      the issue is that open fireplaces are less energy-efficient than wood stoves, but that would maybe look weird in these historical fireplaces.

      • Karen says: 1184 comments

        A friend of mine here in the US just bought a house built in the 1880’s. It has three fireplaces, all set up to burn coal. The grates for the coal are very pretty.

  12. Mary-Jo Wiese says: 31 comments

    I LOVE IT !!! People could get lost in that place!! Now you know why they needed help !! Can you imagine one person trying to keep this clean?? If I had a LOT MORE MONEY , I’d love to try it!! WITH HELP, of course !!!

  13. Linda R. says: 196 comments

    And we silly Americans think a house from the 1950’s is old. Does this say how much land is included?

  14. Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1704 comments
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    1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside

    Congratulations to the agent responsible for such well-done photos. Not only is the place a treat to see, I’ll bet its aroma is of history. From the fabulous studded front door to the firedogs in its hall, of course the rose window, this house is sensational. I wonder what the origin is of the panel above the fireplace. The first time I stepped foot in Yorkshire I heaved a big sigh — it felt, oddly, like I’d come home. After many visits, it still does. I love to imagine bringing up a family in a house like this.

  15. CateCate says: 268 comments
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    Milwaukee, WI

    These photos are great! Would love to see it in person as I’m sure the pictures don’t do it justice.
    I’d love to see Hydrangeas. roses and peonies planted around to soften the austere presentation. How lovely!! Thank you Kelly for OHD! It gives me a chance to dream.

  16. susan says: 8 comments

    What is that to the left of the front door? (the thing with the iron bars around it?)

  17. JimHJimH says: 5242 comments
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    Love everything about it! The house has real architectural distinction and the facade wasn’t altered all to hell over the years. It was a revival house when built – the Medieval entry and window, and the Tudor and Elizabethan elements were all from centuries past. Seems manageable in size and not a huge restoration project just to live there.

  18. Narelle Lindner says: 28 comments

    Fabulous!! And still so intact!! How romantic!! I would feel like Lorna Doone living there! But I can just imagine generations of ghosts walking those passageways at night!! Eeeek! Hahaha

  19. MISTERMICELY says: 54 comments

    Thinking of switching from O.H.D. to The Steeple Times?! Perhaps Kelly could start a bi-annual dinner dance and mud slinging weekend to keep us on the edge of our seats and compete with T.S.T for Crazy Blog Spot. I’m amazed no one mentioned the whereabouts of Lord Lucan as somehow germane to the issue. I’ve only been commenting, ever so timidly, for a few weeks now and have not received a single death threat.

    As for the house it is pretty darned extraordinary. Might make a nice weekend cottage. Would be a change from the unheated, no bedroom, no bath here in Frozen Lung, Alberta that we wish we didn’t have to call home.

    You’ve done it again Kelly! Oh, what about pitting the ‘paint it’ team against the ‘lacquer and stain’ team in an all out, no holds barred, fight to the (near) death? People could place bets and hold a bring-n-buy all proceeds to support O.H.D.

  20. Kimba says: 4 comments

    I think it is a beautiful estate, however it looks like it would be hard to heat in winter months . I guess if you can afford it then you can afford to heat it..!

  21. NonaKNonaK says: 264 comments
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    Austin, TX

    A little history: History
    The original hall had a timber frame,[1] parts of which were retained when it was rebuilt in the mid-1650s as a prodigy house for yeoman clothier John Dearden. The new building was constructed to an F-shaped floor plan in coursed squared stone with a stone slate roof in two storeys with a cellar and an attic. The frontage has 3 bays of which the outer two are gabled. Over the doorway is the date 1649 and the letters JDED for John and Elizabeth Dearden. Noticeable features are the rose window, embattled parapets and elaborate finials.

    The hall remained in the Dearden family for several generations until it was divided into three dwellings in the early twentieth century, with the main hall boarded over to provide extra accommodation upstairs. In 1949 the house was purchased by the Sugden family, owners of a brass foundry in Halifax, who restored the building to its previous condition, opening up the main hall and replacing the panelling, the balustrade, the minstrel gallery and other original features. [2]
    From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Lane_Hall

  22. LouB says: 77 comments

    OmiGosh! This is the house to call for Heathcliff from!
    Just waiting for a family of independent means to make into a marvelous home.
    Question is, where is the barn for the prize pig?
    If only my plans for becoming a wealthy rock star would have materialized!

  23. says: 3 comments

    Okay everyone lets pool our monies together!! WE CAN DO THIS!

  24. This property actually HURTS. What I wouldn’t GIVE to own her… as a huge European history buff, THIS is my home. I can see a huge table in front of that fire place where the couch and chair are …. to begin with… ah if wishes were horses, beggars would ride… sigh *

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