Monday, 14 September 2009

We were too late to visit East Riddlesden Hall

East Riddlesden Hall 078 Tithe Barn, East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire. Bequeathed to the National Trust 1933.

A short visit to East Riddlesden Hall which is a National Trust property. It was open to the public for one day only free of charge. Unfortunately we didn’t arrive until 30 minutes before closing time so we only managed a stroll in the grounds and a look through the Tithe barn which has been in existence since the 1100’s. The history of this hall is interesting in that it had been owned by 8 families since the 1100’s.

East Riddlesden Hall 083 Rough hewn timber inside the Tithe Barn at East Riddlesden Hall.

Between 1861 and 1920 land on the estate was slowly sold off for housing development. What was left of the estate was bought by John and William Brigg of Keighley in 1933 who then bequeathed it to the National Trust the following year. The buildings are a mixture of derelict and intact set in a small park like setting along with a duck pond. A beautiful site for a picnic.  The house and grounds were once the setting of the film “Wuthering Heights”

East Riddlesden Hall 087 Horse drawn tip wagon at East Riddlesden Hall.

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