History of Heath Old Hall Entrance Gates
Walking further along the road in front of Holly Cottages the road veers to the left through two magnificent stone pillars topped by what looks like a cross between a pineapple and an acorn.
This was the entrance to Heath Old Hall and outbuildings, the Hall has long since vanished with limited remains incorporated into the two dwellings which now stands in its place. Heath Hall was a 17th century mansion built by George Ramsden. Extensions were done for John Smyth by John Carr (Carr of York) between 1754-1780.
It was last owned by Ingram Fuller Godfrey, sold to Halifax Corporation in 1889 and demolished in 1890 for the construction of Heath Road and the Heath estate. During the demolition, parts of a tombstone, inscribed: "Here lyeth the body of Hannah, the daughter of John Elam of Halifaxe, who died the 7 of the first month 1594" were found in a chimney flue. Other objects were also found: a razor dated 1691; coins of 1776 and 1793.
The accompanying out-buildings of Old Heath Hall and barns have also been converted over the years to a quaint little courtyard area.
As you stroll out of the courtyard you have already passed the newer built properties that make up this area, these are less than forty years old but have been built in sympathy with the older buildings nearby.
You continue to walk back out of the courtyard and as you pass through the entrance gates you see the AnchorPreist's House on your left which dates back to the mid 17th Century and was used by the Nuns who once lived at Heath Hall as a Guest residence for visitors.
Next door stands Ivy Cottage a modest cottage which no doubt serviced the much grander Heath House which stands magnificently to its immediate right.
A magnificent house situated at the top end of the village green overlooking the common towards Cobblers Hall. The house has been extensively changed since it was first built with its first major improvements commencing in the mid 1700’s. It now has listed Building status and the present owners have improved on the property both internally and externally restoring it to its former glory.