The above photograph shows the great barn, Home Farm on the Temple Newsam estate, Leeds. The great barn was built in 1694, the stone being quarried locally at Halton and Colton, the handmade bricks all 109,450 of them were made at Newsam Green. All the receipts for the work are held in the Temple Newsam estate archives.
It is thought that the barn had repair work done in the 18th century possibly including the date tablet and is incorrectly marked 1744.
In 1979 the Home Farm opened to the public as a visitor centre since then the farm has developed close working links with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and is a registered centre. They have some of the rarest bloodlines of British farm animals and make an invaluable contribution to their continued survival. Home Farm is a working livestock unit with animals sold as pedigree breeding stock or meat.
Tamworth Piglet Leeds
The photograph above taken as always by me for the Leeds photo daily shows a Tamworth piglet playing in the courtyard of Home Farm, Temple Newsam estate, Leeds, Yorkshire. Small children love visiting the estate because they can get very close to animals that today they mostly only see in books and on TV. Visitors to Home Farm are given a small tub of animal feed pellets, so the animals are pleased to get visitors.
Temple Newsam – Home Farm opening times:
Summer : 10.00-5.00 Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays except bank holidays & occasional events.
Winter: 10.00-4.00 Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays and Christmas day.
Life can be funny, to do the photography at Temple Newsam for this weeks Leeds daily photo, I drove to Leeds through an area I would never normally go and saw the Rag and Bone man posted earlier.