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A Brief History of The High Farm Pub

August 18th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
Today we are running a new feature looking at the history of some of the land marks in our local area. Recently the High Farm pub reported to be extening it’s opening hours, but do you know the history of this historic and acenient land mark
exterior shot of High Farm pub entrance Holt Park  Unsurprisingly enough the High Farm was previously a farm house. The building was first recorded in the history books as a farm back in 1607 and was owned by a Christopher Kirke.
By 1638 Christopher’s son Richard had taken control of the farm and encased the wooden building in stone.

High Farm rear extention In 1662 Richard’s son William sold the farm but it remained within the Kirke family. Thomas Kirke from London, a decendant of William’s great uncle, bought the farm for £820.

exterior shot side view High Farm Pub Holt ParkThe farm traded family ownerships including once being owned by the Farrer family (correct spelling) giving the name to Farrar Lane. It was sold in 1920 to the Leeds Co-op.

Farrar Lane Leeds LS16

22nd October 1951. View looking west along Farrar Lane. Can you spot Cookridge Water Tower in the background.

The Leeds Co-op, founded in 1847, had planned to use this farm as one of five as a way to distribute milk to the whole of Leeds. However, the idea never really took off and they sold the farm to the Perkin family.

Holt Park High Farm pub exterior shot

The farm was taken over in the 1970’s and turned into the pub that we see today. It still contains many of the 17th Century features such as the oak beams.

The pub is still a vibrant part of the community, providing real ale, food and entertainment. The High Farm boasts a Cask Marque emblem outside the pub which means the customer is guaranteed a high quality pint of cask ale.
High Farm Cask Marque emblem on the wall outside High Farm Pub in Holt Park Leeds

Have you got any cherished memories of the High Farm Pub? Leave a message in the box below and share your favourite thoughts.

Leave a message in the comments below and recommend us which landmarks you would like us to write about next.

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  • stephen merrick

    had my wedding reception at the high farm 1987,john and jenny,were running it ,lovely people

  • Lisa

    My mum and dad ran the pub for a couple of years when i was 9 years old. I loved the place.

  • Peter Spawforth

    Having been involved in the original concept and planning of Holt Park Village my growing family moved into Holt Walk in 1967. Those were exciting times and our milk was delivered daily from High Farm. Gradually over the next few years the village developed with the swimming pool, health centre, schools and shopping centre. Great times.

  • Teresa Nikolic

    My auntie and uncle ran this pub for a while when I was younger and I remember going to stay with them one summer, loved it there!

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