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Friends of Oakwell Hall Guest book

We have had a very large number of spam messages posted to this guest book (sometimes dozens in a day) and have therefore regretfully disabled public posting. However, we do really want to know what you think of our site and the Hall.
If you have comments, stories about your visits, or connections with the Hall, please email your name and your feedback to - we'll post it for you, usually within 24 hours, and let you know when it's there.

Kelly Johnson - Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:50


My name is Kelly Johnson from North Carolina, USA, and I'm a descendant of the Batt Family of Oakwell Hall. Loved researching it online and the work the Friends of Oakwell Hall are doing on the upkeep of my ancestral home!!!


Freddy Batt - Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:33


Hello ,my name is Frederick J Batt (Freddy) .I live in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada. I am not sure if I am a descend or not ,but I find your site very interesting .I will have to do more research to see if there is a connection to my family. Thanks.


Jean Orme - Friday, 21 October 2016 08:31


Visited 14.10.16 would have been a pleasant day if not for all the dogs and dog droppings. Not one dog on a lead despite having seen a sign to keep your dog on a lead. The thing is nobody around to enforce this rule so what is the point if the dog owners take no notice. I won't be visiting again.


Friends of Oakwell Hall - Friday, 21 October 2016 08:38

Jean. We are very sorry that your visit was spoiled in this way. Regarding the dogs on leads, we think you must have seen an old sign. The new ones say that dogs may be off lead in open areas of the park on condition they are under control, though they should be on lead around the house and gardens. Regarding clearing up after dogs, we agree this is an important part of using any public area. Many of the committee are dog owners who do scrupulously clear up after their dogs, and we would encourage all others to do the same. Unfortunately the Friends group are not in a position to enforce this rule but your comments have been passed to the council who own the park.

Katie Mellis - Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:23

Hi I have been on your website regarding the mystery ram stone carving.. I live in London now but grew up in Bradford .. I think I may be able to shed some light..

I grew up in a house on Halifax Road in Bradford. At the end of cemetery road is a cemetery and the minority of the headstones are signed rostron.. I was fascinated as a child with them.. Anywayyy his family grave is in there as you walk in on the right its a beautiful carving! Huge! I'm not sure if you are aware of that?  .. Also my dads house i seem to remember was owned by rostron himself as the garden is scattered with buried headstones that he has done a spelling error or something had gone wrong and he couldn't salvage anything from it all signed by himself.. As a child this would fascinate me and I have spent hours in the cemetery and all I can say is that rostron was an extremely talented stonemason!!



John Batts - Monday, 08 December 2014 17:21

I am so glad to see how this Hall has remained intact for so long. Thank heavens the Germans didn't bomb it flat and there have been so many people care for it over the years.  I had no idea that it even existed until the last few years. Ironically I lived as a teenager in a housing development in Washington state (USA) named "Yorkshire" while growing up. I did notice that the signature scratched in the glass pane is strikingly similar to mine and that of my fathers and grandfathers... someday I will come and visit this place... John Batt(s)

David - Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:38

Great site guys, I like the Hall and the bat walks.



Thomas L. Batts Sr. - Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:09

I am a Texan and during my family research have confirmed I am descended from the builder of Oakwell Hall.  What an exciting  discovery...... and to think it is still in existence and available for public viewing is equally thrilling. I have visited England several times and am determined to visit  Oakwell Hall.  Your website is wonderful , the property still looks great and I can't wait to visit.

imogen - Tuesday, 22 July 2014 17:41

hello has any one seen the ghost??? what does he do to people???? is he a good ghost?? 

John Peacock - Friday, 27 June 2014 13:46

Visited on Wednesday June 25th 2014. Never heard of this place before popped in while killing time on trip from Middlesbrough. Very impressed with volunteers and council for maintaining beautiful house grounds and gardens. Admire the way you have been able to provide a historical educational and recreational facility without Disney type crudity that still generates income. Oakwell Hall is an extremely valuable asset both locally and nationally. Keep up the good work!

Oliver Greenwood - Tuesday, 24 June 2014 08:32

Just been onthe blower to my mum Carol, who had a great time at Oakwell yesterday in the Hall and the beautiful gardens.

Lewis Brame - Tuesday, 24 June 2014 08:29

I had a great day out with my mother we went on some good walks and we shared some great banter.

George Payne - Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:50

Love Oakwell Hall and epecially the Ram, where had my picture taken many times when a youngster

Allan - Sunday, 25 May 2014 13:04

I just wanted to sign your guestbook. Take care all.

asuransi - Sunday, 04 May 2014 11:27
Wow because this is great work! Congrats and keep it up.
arun - Wednesday, 02 April 2014 03:14

I live in US (Alabama,) and I found the name of John Batte in my genealogical research. There must be many Americans who are descended from him. It appears he is my 11th great grandfather. Thanks for keeping up the property! =)

Collin - Thursday, 27 March 2014 22:59

I have been researching my family history and have learned that my 13th great grandfather, Henry Batte/Batt, was the original owner and his son John, my 12th great grandfather, built Oakwell Hall. Must see it one day. Crazy the things you learn. Nowadays, most of the family lives in the United States.  

Emma - Friday, 03 January 2014 17:08

Hello to all visitors, cheers :)


Vanessa - Monday, 22 July 2013 16:49

Really nice site, cheers :)

FZD - Saturday, 20 July 2013 06:10

I live in US (Alabama,) and I found the name of John Batte in my genealogical research. There must be many Americans who are descended from him. It appears he is my 11th great grandfather. Thanks for keeping up the property! =)

Margaret Drummond - Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:46

Hello.  My family has wondered for a while what happened to Great, Great Grandad's sheep, and now we think we've found it!  I only heard about his existence a few years ago and I've wondered where he'd got to.

G. H. Rostron is George Henry Rostron and he lived at the family home in Low Moor, where my family still lives.  The stonemason's/monumental mason's yard which he owned is still there and was built in 1897.

I now live in Scotland, but the rest of my family mainly live in Low Moor where the ram was probably made. 

Roger - Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:20
many thanks for your message and information about our Ram!
For years now we've been trying to trace where he came from and now,thanks to you,we've got a brilliant lead!
As you might guess he's a very popular guy - particularly with the kids who just love riding him and being photographed with him,one of Oakwell's attractions !
Again many thanks for your details.
Best Regards,
Roger-Vice Chair, Friends.
Katharine - Monday, 10 December 2012 16:14

Had a great day at the Xmas Craft Fair yesterday - thank you everyone. Suspect lots of people will be finding my hand made skin creams in their stockings this year, especially the Xmas one!

Rachel - Thursday, 23 August 2012 07:47

Great site guys, I like the Hall and the bat walks.

Roger - Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:57

Welcome back everyone - we're back again and WOW!!!! what a great new site - hope you all enjoy using it!

Lesley - Friday, 17 August 2012 07:01

Super website - everyone loved our old one but this surpasses it - no question.  

Debbie - Thursday, 16 August 2012 16:13

Welcome to our new guest book. This link shows the old entries (pre August 2012):

hi ! love the work the friends  do and worth while to join the  days they put on .

All the hard work and friendship with in the group l well done Rodger and team.