The Fielden Acre Project
The Fielden Acre: community, affordable housing, heritage.
Fielden Hall COMMUNITY Centre
The beautiful Fielden Hall is a thriving community centre used by Todmorden people for food distribution, art classes, voting – and everything in between. The whole site is owned and managed by the community, for the community.
The CVCLT bought the two houses which bookend the historic Fielden Hall in 2021, ensuring that they stay as affordable homes for the long term as well as securing the whole site a community resource, preventing unsympathetic development on the land.
FIELDEN ACRE HERITAGE
Pioneering philanthropist and educator Sarah Fielden helped make Todmorden the town it is today when she established a school on the site in 1871. In the 2020s, we used community shares for a very modern kind of philanthropy, making our contribution to the town’s future.
Whilst it is a fine, historic asset, the buildings in the Fielden Acre are energy inefficient. We are working with the FCA to develop a project to make the community centre an exemplar of how an historic building can be upgraded to modern standards of energy efficiency and comfort whilst respecting its history.