There is a rare opportunity to see inside Stank Hall Barn when the Friends group hold an open day this Saturday (23 May 2015).
The Barn dates back to the fifteenth century and there is a legend that it was built with timber left over from Christopher Columbus’ ships. This historical gem is located just off Dewsbury Road across from the White Rose Centre.
The Friends of Stank Hall Barn was set up following a public meeting organised by South Leeds Life in February 2013 after readers raised concerns over the state of the building, which is owned by Leeds City Council.
As well as looking for a long-term use for the barn and the two next door buildings, Stank Hall and New Hall; the group were keen to see activity on site. After two years of negotiating a licence with the Council and fundraising, the Friends are now on site creating a community garden. The garden will be laid out in the style of a fifteenth century vegetable garden.
The food grown will be given away free to people who help on site and to other community groups in Beeston. Work sessions are usually held at the weekend (check their Facebook page) and everyone is welcome to come and lend a hand.
As well a looking inside the timber framed barn and hearing about the history of the site and recent archaeological finds, you will be able to help make wind chimes and water beads, or pot up some seedlings.
The open day runs from 11am-4pm on Saturday 23 May. There is no parking on site and the event is not suitable for children under four years old. More information can be found at: www.facebook.com/friendsofstankhallbarn.