Twenty members of the EWS were given a warm welcome to Briarcourt on a sunny afternoon today. The purpose of the visit was to see the progress of the work that Vicky and Duncan are making in restoring this grand house designed and built in 1895 by EW for his cousin Herbert Higginson Sykes, a wedding present from the Sykes family. This gave EW his first opportunity to build in Huddersfield.
The house is in the style of a Yorkshire Jacobean manor. It is imposing externally, with its fine porch, deep bay windows and multiple gables. Internally, stained glass, decorative plaster work and painted a frieze in the morning room by Middleton artist Frederick Jackson. The frieze has been recently restored and one of the main reasons for the visit. A big thank you to Vicky and Duncan for the privilege of viewing their progress so far and their warm welcome.