Old lodge is a ‘lost jewel’

HUNTWICK Lodge was a designated Grade II listed building in 1964, with the Coney family being the last to have lived there. Their son Brian tells me his father lived at the Lodge until the early 1980s.

The imposing two-storey house had heavily mullioned windows with drip moulds and a Roman-style gate arch built of large stone blocks which was almost as high as the house.

At the sides were stone figures, oxheads and flowers, with a lion on one pier and a hound on the other. The gate arch had two heavily studded oak doors, while the three-arch bridge in the foreground had a gappy stone balustrade.

Recently the massive stone arch lion and hound, along with the stone-tiled house roof, were removed, even though they are listed.

If rescued with heritage fund, like Nostell’s Obelisk Lodge, it would put Featherstone well and truly on the map, So if not saved, why? It’s the only one of it’s kind in the country. A Yorkshire jewel, a national treasure under our noses, lost forever without so much as a photo to prove it even existed.

The architect Robert Adam was instrumental in transforming Nostell Priory to what we see now. From alterations and improvements in the house, to the design of structures on the estate, like the ‘Needle Eye’ (Obelisk Lodge) and Huntwick Lodge – which was arguably his finest.

L YOUNG

Pontefract Road

Purston