Underhill, Holme

Underhill at Holme, West Yorkshire, is a modern house designed by Arthur Quarmby in 1969 and built from 1973 to 1975.[1] Underhill has been Grade II listed on the National Heritage List for England since July 2017.[2]

Underhill was the first earth-sheltered house to have been built in Britain in modern times. Historic England described Underhill as "representing a significant milestone in the development of ecological and sustainable architecture".[2]

It was built at a cost of £50,000 and was constructed by J. B. Kenworthy of Holmfirth.[2]

The house features a 36-foot (11 m) hourglass-shaped swimming pool centrally located in the main room, with a large octagonal pyramid conservatory-style skylight window in the ceiling above the centre of one of its circular ends.


  1. ^ Andrew Hirst. "This amazing underground house has the best views in Huddersfield - plus a swimming pool and cave". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Historic England. "Underhill (1440677)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 August 2017.

Coordinates: 53°33′00″N 1°50′11″W / 53.54997°N 1.83652°W / 53.54997; -1.83652