The Barns around the Attimore Hall are Grade II listed buildings and are currently used for many activities:
Digswell Art Trust. Restored in 1975 by the New Towns Commission for local artist.
Scouts Hall A meeting place for the 11th Welwyn Garden City Scouts.
Scouts Shop The barn next to the road, Ridgeway, sells scouting paraphernalia.
Digswell Art Trust.
Report by Bruce Piggott: The Administrator, George Woodcraft, gave me a fascinating tour of this converted barn. The original roof beams are still preserved and give this venue great character. The old cow pens are gone and replaced with individual sections for each artist. Wall dividers of modern plywood contrast with rustic patterns of ancient beams. Each partition reaching upwards 35 feet to the roof which although giving a feeling of space makes winter heating almost impossible. All kinds of creations are on view in various stages of completion.
There is an old style printing press at the north end of the barn. Still active and producing good copy.
The structure of the original roof dominates and gives great presence to this view. A perfect setting for this old press.
This is a view of a raised area set close to the roof reached by a flight of wooden stairs. The roof construction can be clearly seen.
George Woodcraft is seen here holding some pictures of the Barn before it was converted to a studio. Below is a one of these pictures showing the original staircase. Notice the pens for the cows which were held here in pairs.
The largest of the barns on the farmyard and in the surrounding area.
Built to house 60 cows in two rows of 30 penned in 15 pairs.
For hundreds of years before the building of the new town of Welwyn Garden City, this was one of the largest buildings around and was probably the famous 'Grubs Barn' which gave its name to local cottages.
The room is now used by a potter.
This is an old map modified to show the location of the various farm buildings
including the above barn.