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Bell's Farm

front view of Bell's Farm showing strong vertical timber framing restored wing of Bell's Farm

Bells Farm is a grade II* Historic Listed Building, it is an atmospheric timber framed building, important in being a relatively little altered since the 16th and 17th century. It also has a history of occupation on the site at least some three centuries before the standing buildings. The part of the farm house in current use was restored in 1988, and in the same year gained the Sunday Times 'Country House of the Year Award'

 

pictured: the restored wing of Bell's Farm


Detailed Information

Contacts:

Address:

Bell's Farm House
Bell's Farm Close
Birmingham
B14 5QP
Tel: 0121 433 3532 (Office - not always manned)
Tel: 0121 624 3680 (Bookings secretary)
Weekend and community lettings - Dot Foster 0121 624 3680
Training and development - Mr. John Sheard 0121 784 6408; mobile 0794 124 7321


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Traditional Crafts Instruction

  • Since 1991 the centre has been developing a reputation for skill training in a variety of specialist traditional crafts including shoemaking, leatherwork, embroidery, weaving calligraphy and even manufacture of authentic dark-age tents.

Opening Hours

  • The buildings are open to the public by appointment.

Small business development

    The centre is ideally located to provide training and exhibition facilities for local business. The atmospheric building has two comfortable seminar rooms and an exhibition hall plus facilities to provide light refreshments. There is level access to the hall and disabled toilet and ramped access to the lower seminar room.

Historical re-enactment

    As a listed building the centre lends itself very well to supporting re-enactment societies and is home to a Viking/Saxon group providing living history resources for school groups throughout the Midlands. Re-enactors have held events from many other periods including English Civil War, Tudor and even the American 'Wild West'.

Youth & Community

    The building is owned by Birmingham City Council and managed jointly by the Council and Bells Farm Community Association (a registered charity). Letting fees are used for the maintenance of the building and supporting many local youth and community groups.

How to get there:

  • Bus: From Birmingham City Centre Bells Farm building is easily seen from the No. 50 bus terminus almost opposite Bells Farm School .
  • Car/coach: From M42 (Exit 3) onto A435, Follow A435 to Maypole Island. Turn Left into Druids lane, which very shortly becomes Bells Lane. About three quarters of a mile find the British Legion Club on the right. This is on the corner of Bells Close. At the top of Bells Close is Bells Farm building.