Recognition for Pocklington and Market Weighton builders

Paul Turton (left) with his award. He is stood with Ian Scothern, of Scothern Construction, the firm reponsible for the building work, and Driffield builder Ray Dickson, who was also involved in the project.
Paul Turton (left) with his award. He is stood with Ian Scothern, of Scothern Construction, the firm reponsible for the building work, and Driffield builder Ray Dickson, who was also involved in the project.

A pair of local builders have been recognised by The York Guild of Building for their work in renovating a Cruck House dating back to the 1600s.

Phil Greening, from Pocklington, received a Craftsmanship Award at the The Guild of Building Annual Craftsmanship Awards Evening, held at Bedern Hall in York recently.

Whilst Paul Turton, who hails from Market Weighton, was given a Craftsmanship Merit Award at the event.

The duo were awarded for their work on The Old Farmhouse at Glebe Farm in Octon.

The Old Farmhouse, which lies on the land of Robin and Judy Burdass, dates back to 1670. It was once described as “one of the most interesting buildings in the East Riding.”

After forty years of trying to secure funding to restore this property, Natural England and York Archaeological Trust offered financial help.

The restoration and preservation of the exterior of the building took over nine months to complete – with a new roof and windows. A considerable amount of the outside walls were also rebuilt

The Burdass’ have praised the work of the builders in renovating the building which will be used as a site of historical interest, saying: “They are real craftsmen and they worked tirelessly to find appropriate sized bricks and sufficient chalk to enable them to restore the property as it would have been.”

The building has undergone a series of tests and studies to establish its age and history which led to it being designated as a Grade II listed building.