Coiners’ Barn to promote the area’s history

WALKERS and visitors will be able to get a taste of history when they stop for a rest in Cragg Vale.

Sunday, 31st July 2011, 11:37 am

The historic Coiners’ Barn next door to Bell House, the home of David Hartley, the leader of the notorious Cragg Vale Coiners during the late 18th Century, has been refurbished into bed and breakfast accommodation, a refuge for walkers and will also act as a museum for the history of the building.

Around 100 people were on hand to see Hebden Royd Mayor Coun Scott Trickett officially open the redeveloped barn, which he said has significant historic interest to the area.

“The property has significant historical interest in Cragg Vale, dating back to the 13th Century. It was the notorious home to one of the coiners, David Hartley, who was hung in York and buried in Heptonstall,” he said.

“This superb redevelopment will help draw even more interest to our area, with it’s fantastic, diverse and historic past. The coiners in Cragg Vale certainly played a big part in our history and this building, being the home of the ring leader and one of the oldest and remotest in Cragg Vale, has been superbly redeveloped ensuring future visitors have a direct link to our past.”

The barn conversion, which was four years in the making, has three themed double bedrooms - the King, Stag and Weavers - all explaining the history of the area. The downstairs exhibition space doubles as an area for guests to have a meal, relax and rest, while looking out at the famous views.

The space is also available for local walking groups, schools and history groups to use for an alternative meeting venue or to sample the hospitality.

Liz Smith, the owner, said: “We are a little bit different in where we are and what we offer our guests. We wanted to create somewhere outdoor enthusiasts can be offered a slice of history, as well as a slice of cake.”

Coiners’ Barn is situated on the edge of Broadhead Clough Nature Reserve, Cragg Vale. It has links to the Pennine Way and Calderdale Way walking routes. For more information visit www.bellhousecoiners.com.