Marmaville plans unveiled

THE original Victorian facade to the Marmaville will be preserved as part of the historic house's redevelopment into luxury apartments.

Developers Bovis Homes Northern Region have acquired the former restaurant and public house on Church Lane, Mirfield, and said the impressive entrance will be incorporated into their plans.

Brian Smith, sales and marketing director, said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to restore the building to its former glory, thereby taking the story of this historic building full circle and turning it back into a place to live in as it was originally intended when it was built.

"The property has been standing empty for the past few years and so we want to push ahead, breathing life back into it as soon as we can. The original Victorian facade will be retained and will give a very grand feeling to the new apartments."

The house was originally constructed in 1880 by textile mill owner, Marmaduke Fox, and has become a well-known landmark.

The site was acquired by Bovis Homes from local builder, Darren Smith Builders, who had purchased the Marmaville three years ago and had successfully obtained planning permission to develop the site.

Previous owners of the building include Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries and Berni Inns.