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Historic hall’s Keighley Girlguiding past revealed as buyers are sought
10:50am Sunday 27th October 2013 in Keighley
An historic hall’s importance over the years to Keighley’s Girlguiding movement has been spotlighted.
We revealed last month that Steeton Hall, which closed in August, had been put up for sale.
Now Girlguiding stalwart, Janet Armstrong, has spoken of the central role the building and its grounds have played for the organisation locally.
She said Dorothy Clough, whose parents owned the hall, offered the movement use of the house and site following their deaths.
“It was used for weekly meetings, weekend and residential training, camps and many other events,” added Mrs Armstrong, of Oakworth.
“Rallies were held there in 1926, 1929 and 1932, with a rally and pageant in 1944.”
The grounds also hosted a Girlguiding golden jubilee camp in 1960 for more than 500 Guides and Rangers.
And the movement’s Trefoil Guild met in the drawing room of the hall for more than a quarter of a century.
Miss Clough – known as Cloughie – was a founder member of 1st Steeton Guide company in 1914, and became captain a few years later. She was also Brown Owl of 1st Steeton Brownies for 14 years.
Other posts held during her Girl-guiding career included district and division commissioner, camp advisor and county trainer. She died in 1981.
“She devoted her life to Guiding – but not to the exclusion of other things,” said Mrs Armstrong.
Grade II-listed Steeton Hall was converted into a hotel and restaurant in 1983.
Latterly owned by Punch Taverns, it had been run under temporary management since April following the sudden departure of the previous tenant.
The Station Road building was put on the market on a freehold basis for £795,000 by joint agents CBRE and Westlake & Co, who said this week the price had now been dropped to £725,000 in a bid to generate more interest.
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