Scargill House, Ket­tlewell

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

THIS much-loved Chris­tian Con­fer­ence Cen­tre and re­treat is si­t­u­ated out­side Ket­tlewell in Up­per Wharfedale. Part of the orig­i­nal build­ing dates to the 18th cen­tury and in 1900 it be­came a shoot­ing lodge for the Hal­i­fax mill owner, Cle­ment Holdsworth. When busi­ness prob­lems forced his fam­ily to sell the house and es­tate in 1957 it was bought by the Church of Eng­land, which com­mis­sioned a chapel de­signed by the York-based ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal ar­chi­tect, Ge­orge Pace, who was also re­spon­si­ble for the King Ge­orge VI Me­mo­rial Chapel at Wind­sor. The Scargill House chapel has since been given Grade II listed sta­tus and was built in the Scan­di­na­vian style to re­flect the fact that the ear­li­est farm­ers in the York­shire Dales were Vik­ings.

In 2008, Scargill House al­most closed be­cause of fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, but was sold the fol­low­ing year to the Scargill Move­ment for al­most £1.3m, raised through do­na­tions and a short-term loan.

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