Hall could go back to Iron Age with mud hut

A MUD hut may not be the first thing visitors would associate with Birstall tourist attraction Oakwell Hall.

But the Iron Age of early human history could be coming to the Elizabethan manor house and English Civil War site.

Kirklees Council wants to create a roundhouse dwelling from twigs, mud and grass as a teaching facility on Asker Field, about 400 metres from the manor house.

The aim is to give visitors an authentic life-sized example of what Iron Age dwellings were like.

Council officials believe it is in keeping with the country park, which includes a nature trail and adventure playground. The hall’s visitor centre has just had new toilets and a revamped shop fitted out.

A report said the impact would be minimal due to the materials used and existing boundary hedges. It added: “The proposed development will complement the educational characteristics of the country park.”

Oakwell Hall also features in new BBC mystery drama Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

Set in England during the Industrial Revolution, the seven-part series began last Sunday.

To give viewers an insight into the production, special ‘Oakwell on Film’ tours are being run.

And the district’s literary connections are set to feature in a new BBC show about the Bronte sisters.

To Walk Invisible will focus on the tough time they had with their alcoholic and drug addict brother Branwell.

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