Brighter future for a Victorian structure
Aug 29 2008 by David Himelfield, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
WORK has started on a £500,000 project to revitalise a historic village club.
Builders have begun a complete refurbishment of Lepton Liberal Club.
The Wakefield Road club will reopens in the spring.
It will feature a new interior with function room, balcony and disabled facilities.
The building, a former mill owner’s house and military hospital after the First World War, will have a new roof and revamped stonework.
The late Victorian building, which will also feature a games room and snug, was threatened with demolition.
But the club, which has occupied the building since the 1920s, raised £500,000 by selling land.
Now club trustee Chris Clarke hopes companies and families will take advantage of the fully refurbished building.
He says: “It was falling apart and we couldn’t use the upstairs.
“We were going to knock down the building, but it would have cost a lot of tax to construct a new building from scratch.
“Lots of members are pleased we’re keeping the old building because of its history.
“We’re delighted with the work so far. It’s looking good.”