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Plaque raised on historic Churwell home

A delighted Darren (middle) holds the plaque with members of Churwell Action group (from left to right): Coun Joyce Sanders, Coun Janet Harrison, Coun Wenda Whitehead and Sheila Crowther.

A delighted Darren (middle) holds the plaque with members of Churwell Action group (from left to right): Coun Joyce Sanders, Coun Janet Harrison, Coun Wenda Whitehead and Sheila Crowther.

A man has spoken of his pride after having a commemmorative plaque installed at his old family home - the third oldest building in Churwell.

Darren Spink, 45, has just finished years’ worth of renovation work at the house, on Elland Road in the village.

The house is now over 200 years old, having been built in 1813 and is a Grade II listed building. During the 19th century it acted as a tax collection point for tolls from horse and carriage owners passing through.

Darren, who now lives in Huddersfield, said: “The house has a wealth of history, it was a very busy road back then - I just wish that when we were living here we were able to collect the taxes as well!

“Renovating the house has been a labour of love. In many ways it’s been turned from something of an ugly duckling in the village - because it did used to look rather tired - to what can only be described as a swan.”

Darren’s late father Albert bought the house in 1983, and after spending a year refurbishing it they moved into the property along with Darren’s mother and sister.

A plaque for the house was first suggested to the family three decades ago, but only now has it become a reality after members of Churwell Action Group worked with Leeds City Council to produce it.

It is also believed that it may well be the only house in Churwell with a balcony, which overlooks the back garden.

Darren, who runs a computer and software firm, said that despite the sentimental value of the property he now intends to sell it on.

He added: “Today’s very humbling for me. It’s been an amazing journey because although my father was a carpenter and a builder, I’m not, so I’ve had to learn so many different skills in doing this.

“Although it has been a wonderful family home for us, I hope it will be the same for someone else now.”

 

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