History group fear developers could wreck Cad Beeston


The Friends of Stank Hall Barn are raising concerns that 15th century Cad Beeston, perhaps the oldest house in Leeds, could be damaged by new owners.

Cad Beeston dates from 1422. Photo: Stephen Williamson
Cad Beeston dates from 1422. Photo: Stephen Williamson

As South Leeds Life reported, Cad Beeston, is to be sold at auction on 6 December. Members of the Friends of Stank Hall Barn took the opportunity to view the building, which has been privately owned since its history was revealed in 1985.

Dawn Clark from the group said:

“We were alarmed to hear other people viewing the property talking about alterations, knocking down walls and even demolishing the building.

“Cad Beeston is a Grade II Listed Building and an important part of Beeston’s history. Any new owner cannot legally alter it without special permission, but we are worried that a new owner could damage the building before they realised they needed permission.”

The group were today seeking assurances from Leeds City Council that a close watch would be kept on Cad Beeston. Local MP Hilary Benn and Leeds Civic Trust have also asked to be kept informed.

The Friends of Stank Hall Barn was formed earlier this year to protect the heritage of another 15th century building in South Leeds, following a public meeting called by South Leeds Life. Stank Hall Barn is located just off Dewsbury Road in the White Rose Centre.

[This article has been corrected since it was first published]

3 Replies to “History group fear developers could wreck Cad Beeston”

  1. Surely anyone buying the property will know that they need planning permission as I imagine it will be on the auctioneers Specification of the building.

    I did wonder why the present owner was selling it as it has been home to the Jesus People in the past.

    1. There were no specifications handed out on viewing &amp the lady who had been asked to show people around hadn’t been told it’s age or listing status, just that parts of it might be with those viewing not knowing what that might mean anyway, hence the concerns

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