Tom Pud­ding’s home ready to sail away

Yorkshire Post - Property - - NEWS -

Liv­ing­stone, Lake Yard, Stan­ley, near Wake­field. Price: £675,000. Con­tact: Dacre, Son and Hart­ley: 01924 382497, THE search for a big­ger house in a tran­quil lo­ca­tion was long and fruit­less un­til Mandy Shep­herd ap­plied some cre­ative think­ing.

A brochure for a con­verted work­shop in a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion was dis­missed by her hus­band, but af­ter study­ing the floor plans she re­alised she could re­con­fig­ure the space to cre­ate the per­fect home.

“It was three bed­rooms and I was told to throw the brochure away be­cause the place was too small, but I kept it and spent hours study­ing the plans,” says Mandy.

“I worked out that it could be made into a five-bed­room home.

“We went to look at it and that was it. It felt like home and the lo­ca­tion is amaz­ing. It is so quiet and feels so ru­ral and yet you are quite close to town.

The char­ac­ter­ful prop­erty was part of a small Aire & Calder Nav­i­ga­tion Com­pany com­plex of cot­tages and work­shops and was home to Wil­liam Bartholomew, who achieved wa­ter­ways fame af­ter in­vent­ing the Tom Pud­ding barge in 1863.

The barge was cre­ated to carry coal ef­fi­ciently with­out risk of cap­siz­ing.

There is no blue plaque, but the grade two listed prop­er­ties were at least saved from dere­lic­tion in the 1980s when they were con­verted by a de­vel­oper.

“When we bought our house it was still very much in the style of the 1980s, so we re­fur­bished, re­dec­o­rated and com­pletely changed the whole of the first floor and started again,” says Mandy.

“Be­fore it was two bed­rooms and one bath­room with an enor­mous land­ing, but now there are four bed­rooms up­stairs and two bath­rooms.”

She also in­stalled new win­dows through­out, re­mod­elled the gar­den room and land­scaped the gar­den and grounds, which stretch back to three acres, and also has fish­ing rights on the River Calder.

The house has a split level sit­ting room, study, laun­dry, open-plan kitchen and din­ing area, pantry, cloak­room and a

OUT­LOOK: Lake Yard, Stan­ley, Wake­field, has coun­try­side views.

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