A PART of Huddersfield’s history is being restored to its former glory.
Workers are renovating the Almondbury Conservative Club building, which was built in 1631.
The Tudor half-timber building on Westgate has fallen into disrepair in recent years, with peeling paint and rotting oak panels.
But now Ramsay Clay Painters and Decorators, based on Bath Street in the town centre, have stepped in to spruce up the historic building.
Nathan Clay said: “It was in quite a poor condition before we started, with the panels falling to bits. There are 20 layers of paint on everything which means the building clogs up.
“The building has been mistreated over the last 100 years.”
Charlie Cartwright, of CC Surface Restorers in Kirkheaton, has been given the subcontract to remove the paint with a special hose which protects the original wood underneath.
Nathan said: “He’s removing all the paint from the timber to allow it to breathe. Then we’ll apply specialist breathable paint.”
The work, which began last week, includes re-plastering the panels and applying linseed oil to the timber.
The renovation is expected to last eight weeks and cost the club more than £10,000.
Ramsay Clay are doing the work in conjunction with English Heritage and Kirklees Council’s Listed Buildings Service.
Nathan, who runs his business alongside his father John, said: “We’re hoping the club will become a flagship in Huddersfield. I think it’s one of the town’s most historic buildings.”