Ideas call for Counting House

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The owner of the historic 15th century Counting House in Pontefract is calling on townsfolk for their ideas on its future use.

The building, which dates back to 1400, had been run as a pub since its restoration in the 1990s, but tenants Enterprise Inns closed it just over a year ago.

Architect Malcolm Lister, who owns restored the building has drawn up a sketch showing how the building could be extended, and wants to know how local people would like to see the building used.

He said: “I want to assure people that the building is sound, despite the presence of the scaffolding.

“We are simply custodians for our lifetime, so as I look for a new use, and knowing the affection and sense of ownership Pontefract people hold it, I want to ask what they think would be an appropriate use.”

Mr Lister would also like to restore a well found on the site during its renovation, and is appealing for anyone who remembers it and what down there to come forward.