Honour for historic site

25th June 2011' PONTEFRACT CIVIC SOCIETY PRESENTING BLUE PLAQUE TO ROGERTHORPE MANOR'Pictured L/R:Paul Cartwright from the civic society, Rev Chris Wilson and Richard Metcalf.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
25th June 2011' PONTEFRACT CIVIC SOCIETY PRESENTING BLUE PLAQUE TO ROGERTHORPE MANOR'Pictured L/R:Paul Cartwright from the civic society, Rev Chris Wilson and Richard Metcalf.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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HISTORIC Rogerthorpe Manor – the 400-year-old hotel in Badsworth – celebrated its heritage last week by receiving a blue plaque award.

Pontefract Civic Society chose the 17th century hotel as the venue for the launch of its scheme to boost the area’s historical significance.

The blue plaques are awarded to buildings of historical interest or importance – with 26 of them in the town centre.

The Rev Chris Wilton, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, presented the award to hotel manager, Richard Metcalfe.

Mr Metcalfe said: “Rogerthorpe Manor has a vast history. As its owner we have a duty to ensure the building is looking its best at all times.”

Paul Cartwright, Pontefract Civic Society secterary, told guests at the presentation about the history of the Saltonstal family, who built the original part of the building. Visit www.pontefractcivicsociety.org.uk for more information.