North Lees Hall, Derbyshire
Statutory Listing - Grade II*
North Lees Hall, near Hathersage, was in the care of the Vivat Trust, and let out to holiday guests. It is thought to have inspired Charlotte Bronte (1816-55) in the summer of 1845 when she was staying with her friend Ellen Nussey at the vicarage in Hathersage, providing the model for Mr Rochester’s Thornfield Hall in her first and most famous novel Jane Eyre (1847).
Work included replacing the 1960s asphalt on the roof with lead and forming a boarded sitting/dining area on the roof for holiday guests.
A Feasibility Study was carried out on the possibility of incorporating the adjoining cottage into the main hall. We also provided a condition report on the adjacent cruck barn, and produced a feasibility report on potential uses for all the buildings on the site.
Client - Vivat Trust
Main Contractor - Norman & Underwood