Oakwell Hall is an Elizabethan Manor House dating back to 1538, but decorated in 17th century style with period furniture. It is set within 100 acres of parkland and gardens.
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Friday, 22 March 2019

Oakwell Hall

Oakwell Hall

Oakwell Hall

Oakwell Hall is an Elizabethan Manor House dating back to 1538, but decorated in 17c style with period furniture. The builder of the house was John Batt, a recarved stone with the date 1583 probably indicates date of construction.

The hall was built to the usual post–medieval architecture of a central block flanked by crosswings. The entrance to the building is still through the original porch. It was originally a two-storey building, but in the mid 17th century John Batt’s grandson removed the ceiling and put in a gallery and a large mullioned and transomed window.

During 1707 the estate was split up and Oakwell Hall gradually began to decay. In the 19th century it became a girl’s school, Charlotte Bronte attended this school, and the hall was the inspiration behind the novel Shirley.

Oakwell Hall passed into the hands of the council in 1928; today it is owned by Kirklees council, who have had the interior restored, to their early 17th century condition with the aid of an inventory of 1611.  It was during this restoration of the great parlour, that the original painted panelling was discovered under many layers of varnish and paint.  Today Oakwell Hall gives an insight into the lives of the 17th century gentry.

This Elizabethan Manor House is set within 100 acres of parkland and gardens. There are picnic areas, nature trails, and an equestrian arena. Special events are held in the park each year. One could easily while a way a day looking round the house and grounds.

Oakwell Hall is said to haunted by the ghost of William Batt, who owned the house in 1684.

Oakwell Hall,
Nutter Lane,
Birstall,
West Yorkshire
WF17 9LG

Opening Times

Tuesday to Thursday 11am to 5pm;
Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 5pm.
Monday and Friday: Hall is closed.
Visitor Centre is closed Monday except Bank Holiday 26th August.
Visitor Centre is open on Friday 11am to 5pm.

Admission prices

Admission to Oakwell Hall Country Park is free

Admission to Oakwell Hall

Adult: £2.50
Child: £1.00
Family: £6.00 (two adults and up to four children)
Kirklees Passport holders: 50% discount

Annual ticket for Oakwell Hall and Red House

Adult: £6.00
Child: £2.50
Family: £14.50 (two adults and up to four children)
Kirklees Passport holders: 50% discount

Website: Friends of Oakwell Hall and Country Park »

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