Tom Pudding’s home ready to sail away
Livingstone, Lake Yard, Stanley, near Wakefield. Price: £675,000. Contact: Dacre, Son and Hartley: 01924 382497, www.dacres.co.uk 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.