The building

Our historic home was originally a manor house, then a convent, an army barracks during the Second World War and latterly a Franciscan friary. Old Hall was purchased by the community in 1974.

The building covers about two acres of ground and is divided into private and communal areas. Much of the interior has been altered and improved since the community purchased it. Many facilities are shared – these include a large kitchen/dining area, sitting room, sewing room, ballroom, library, washrooms, showers, and laundry room. 

For more history about the building see here

Some of the many buildings have been converted into workspaces – these include a wood and metal workshop, a garage and a space for repairing bicycles. We also have a deconsecrated chapel and a lay chapel where we occasionally put on events. There is wheelchair access to most communal areas.