HOYLAND - LOWE STAND

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Surrounded by a large sturdy iron Palisade fence meant that we were unable to gain access to the building and had to be content with photographs through the rails.
Standing out against the skyline and proclaiming one of the most ‘conspicuous’ parts of South Yorkshire, is Hoyland Lowe Stand. A Grade 2 listed building which if it could speak, would tell of fascinating stories, relating to this corner of England, of the life of well known people, historical events, the civil war, pageants and feasts.


Lowe Stand is an 18th-century Folly built for Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham, and likely originally intended as a hunting lodge. It is situated in the South Yorkshire town of Hoyland in South Yorkshire, about 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Barnsley. Today the stand is a Grade II listed building but is in a fairly advanced state of decay. In 2008 the deeds were handed over from the council to voluntary group, the Friends of Hoyland Lowe Stand (now the Lowe Stand Trust). The council has given permission to restore it according to the plan produced.

Built around 1750AD, the stand most likely served as a Huntsman’s lodge and observation point during local hunts and gatherings- nearby Tankersley and Wentworth Parks were well noted for their run of Red Deer. Built on a parcel of land, to which the stand may owe its name (Lowe – the Norman name for ‘Hill’), it towers over 600 feet above sea level, and is stated to be one of the highest points from Hoyland, eastwards to the North Sea.
 

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