A Brief History
West Leas was built by Sir John Bingham in the late nineteenth century as his family house. The house comprised generous drawing rooms and a top lit billiard room at ground level with large bedrooms on the first floor. The top floor of the house was given over to the servants’ quarters. There was a stable block and large gardens.
In the 1920s the house was given to the church by the Bingham family, and it became St John’s Church Vicarage. In the late 70s it was realised that the house was too large to be practical as a vicarage, and also extensive renovation was required. The house was bought by the Parish and the conversion to the Ranmoor Parish Centre started in 1982.
The ground floor was converted into meeting and function rooms for use by the church and the community and the upstairs into two flats for letting. The community rooms’ conversion was carried out by Volserve, an arm of the job creation programme, and the first floor conversion by Hartley Construction.
Every attempt was made during the conversion to preserve the building’s outstanding features, particularly the external architectural details and the fine internal joinery and decorative ceiling.