AN historic village pub in Ryedale is set to undergo an extensive refurbishment.

The Malt Shovel in Oswaldkirk is the subject of a planning permission by brewery Samuel Smith’s.

The application is for external and internal alterations, including the partial demolition of the more recent two-storey extension and the building of a single storey one, and the rebuilding and re-roofing of the property’s barns.

There will also be work inside on the kitchens, snug, toilets and accommodation.

The planning application says: “The overall approach to the property has been to remove much of the modern inclusions and to re-establish the original structure.”

The response from consultees has been positive. The Oswaldkirk Parish Meeting raised no objection to the proposal and was supportive of the application.

Paul Jackson, manager of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, said: “The proposals and renovations are sympathetic to the existing building and the Oswaldkirk Conservation Area, and hence to the special qualities of the AONB.

“I am pleased to see that investment is being made in a village pub in order to maintain its viability.”

The Malt Shovel Inn, on the main street through the village, dates back to the late 17th century.

The pub has long been said to be haunted by the ghost of a little boy, Thomas Bamber, who died more than a century ago, aged only five. Thomas’s body was reportedly kept for weeks in his bedroom at the inn before his mother Sally eventually allowed it to be buried.