Historic Leeds barn set for new lease of life after blaze

Fire crews at the scene in November 2011.
Fire crews at the scene in November 2011.
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A 200-year-old building at Temple Newsam’s historic Home Farm is set to be given a new lease of life.

The Grade II listed cow barn at the stately Leeds home was destroyed after a blaze ripped through the building killing a number of baby animals.

Historic farm equipment was also destroyed in the fire in November 2011.

Council chiefs have agreed to spend over £255,000 to rebuild the two-storey listed building, which had served as a home to both a number of sows and their piglets and part of the farms’s museum section.

A report by Leeds City Council officials said proposals are in place to reinstate the historic building as near to its original condition as possible before the blaze.

It said: “Temple Newsam Home Farm is a major attraction on the Temple Newsam Estate.

“The farm generates income for the council from its entrance fees.

“In November 2011 a fire in the Grade II Listed Cow Barn damaged the structure of the building resulting in the building being closed to the public and to the staff.

“The fire caused significant damage to the stone walls of the building resulting in partial collapse of these walls.

“All of the timber elements of the building were damaged beyond repair and will need to be replaced.”

It is proposed to reinstate the building as near to its original condition as possible prior to the fire. All work must meet the requirements of the rules and regulations that govern listed buildings.”

The YEP reported at the time that quick-thinking fire crews were able to save a number of guinea pigs and rabbits and contain the flames.

The fire was the second to shut the farm down in the space of a year.

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