Park Cottages, Greenfield Huddersfield Narrow Canal



  • Lock cottage


This fascinating end of terrace lockside cottage is at lock 19 W on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It has recently been refurbished by a small and enthusiastic developer, SGF Properties, with great attention to detail and a sympathetic eye for its original layout and construction. It dates from prior to 1842 and was originally One of the Royal George Mills Wharf buildings, incorporating a stable and store for goods in transit. The sketch illustrates what it may have looked like at the time, with an extension to the rear and a row of huts. The developer has kept photos of how the property looked before the renovations, including the cute squirrel wallpaper!

A paved path leads from the pavement to the front door which has a shallow front garden of shrubs and flowers to each side. Look up and you’ll see an old bricked in take-in door to the front for swinging in goods. A pathway wraps around the right side of the house leading to the back garden. On-street parking is available to the front of the property.

The front door opens into a small hallway, which leads into a good sized front reception room. A door from this opens into the dining area of a stunning L-shaped split level kitchen diner, which features two magnificent arches. These were probably entrances for the towing horses which could be led inside to change the horses, rest and feed, while the barges were being loaded and unloaded. The arch at the dining end has been completely glazed with integral French windows opening out to the rear garden, facing slightly towards the canal. To the left of the dining area there is a downstairs cloakroom and a separate utility room, ideal for walkers for dog or boot washing. The kitchen area is spacious, bright and contemporary. The archway here has been turned into a feature window overlooking the lock to the side, and there is an additional window to the front, making this a wonderfully bright room. The developers tell me that they found the remains of a steep old stone staircase here, leading up to what may have been the hay loft above.

Stairs rise from the hallway to the first floor landing. The wonderful master suite was probably the original hay loft. It consists of a spacious bedroom with a window to the front, and an en-suite shower-room. Bedrooms two and three are both double bedrooms, one to the front and one to the rear with a window overlooking the canal. Finally there is a main bathroom with a window to the rear.

The back garden is a good sized triangular plot, and stretches out along the lockside, providing wonderful views over the low stone garden wall across the canal. The centre of the garden is lawned, with an area of terrace just behind the house, ideal for garden furniture, and a paved pathway across the lawn leads to lovely slightly raised terrace at the far end. You could not wish for a better place to relax and enjoy the wonderful view of the comings and goings at the lock.

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