Remembering a place I used to visit when I was a child, I found myself going back to a place I had (regretfully) almost forgotten about.
A dark and rather cold building tends to dominate a small area next to the public car park where many people seem to come and go. The building is named ‘Oakwell Hall’ which was built in 1583 which is open to all visitors, giving them an insight to what a family home would have looked like in the 1690’s. Cold as stone the hall gives off a sense of gloom, especially after hearing about ‘The Oakwell Ghost’. This huge favourited manor house takes in a swarm of people throughout the year.
Although the hall is surrounded by a gift shop, a cafe and even a fun area for children, Oakwell also offers many fun tweaks that make it the place to be. The Faith Garden is an extra small garden open for visitors to enjoy peaceful time out, and a chance to breathe in all of their adventure here at Oakwell. Uncovering all the inches of Oakwell, there is one gate to the bottom left of the house taking you into an enormous green grass park. Oakwell Hall offers a huge country-side nature trail as well as on-site facilities where families come to stretch their legs, climbing up the dry and uneven muddy paths to get to see inspiring views at the edge of what seem like endless fields of pure healing green. In the spring, the flowers almost bloom before your eyelids twitch, and searching through the trail gives a walker the thought of adventure and sneakiness as the park is so unknown to most.
If you, like many, are in the dark about this place, then Oakwell Hall may mean you will think that West Yorkshire does have a magical place for you to share with the people you know appreciate peaceful surroundings, and if you read the likes of Emile Zola’s novels, the Hall will give you a great experience of what some will call ‘the olden days’.
Further Information: www.kirklees.gov.uk/oakwellhall