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Added to website: 18 January 2008

THE NORTH LODGE IS NEARLY READY

The North Lodge at the Gilstead end of Milners Field is well on its way to be put up for rent by its owners The Hartley Property Trust some time in early February 2008, writes Peter Bottomley.

North Lodge, Primrose Lane, Gilstead Interior, North Lodge North Lodge, Primrose Lane, Gilstead Interior, North Lodge

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Janis Stone the marketing manager for the trust told me that the lodge is looking good, with the completely new slated roof, extension, window and door frames, plus period type features are being added to the inside. There is an exposed vaulted ceiling in the tower, oak flooring throughout downstairs and in the original Gothic-style arched fireplace in the living room a gas inset fire will be fitted, the plasterers have finished and the decorators are in painting.

The kitchen, bathroom and central heating system, essential in this modern age will be a lot different than the ones in the original house that was built around the1880s with the four similar gothic-style houses on the other side of Primrose lane, two of which are for sale and used to be part of the Milner Fields estate for the workers on the estate to live in. The Lodge has been lightly stone cleaned and black metal window frames with leaded glass have been put in, so the appearance and character of the building is still there. The scaffolding has gone and the base is down ready for the wooden garage to be erected next week. The main entrance to Milner Fields is still passable but with a new drive to be laid and landscaping to be done, it might be a bit awkward to pass when the builders start to do them, so take care. Walkers are still allowed down the drive to the South Lodge and beyond to Saltaire and Baildon.

A new nesting box will be put in a tree near the lodge as replacement for the roosting owls that lived in the old roof before the renovations started. So on your walks have a look at the Lodge and wonder what it would be like to rent it and live in a place with so much history.

   

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