Church Farm Barn, Yelling


This unusually named village (taken from the manorial family GILL or GELL) is in a woodland valley and has attractive thatched and half timbered dwellings, many of which are listed buildings (15) dating from the 16th Century.

Church Farm Barn is one of these early 16th century buildings- it’s imposing red brick structure and substantial thatched roof giving the barn presence. Most of the structure is complete but it’s a far cry from its former glory.

We were commissioned in late 2012 to save the barns which had been on the buildings at risk register for many years.

At our first meeting, it was obvious that something had to be done to save them. The architectural detail was all still there but it was just struggling to hold itself together. The main south wall was slightly ‘off plumb’ by about 2 feet from its base to wall plate at 3.5 meters. All four corners were not attached to each other and the roof had broken and was falling in.

The Conservation team at Huntington were very keen to save the building and were glad we were contracted to carry out the restoration due to our experience and sympathetic approach.

Once we had the bird cage scaffolding erected within the building to support the roof we could then start to dismantle the south wall and corners. We managed to reclaim approximately 60% of the bricks which is pretty good for a soft reds of that age.

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While the brickwork was underway, our carpenters started to scarf in sections of oak to reinforce the pegged joints and install the missing braces and rotten timbers.


Both gable ends were too far gone and needed complete replacements. The new gables are at present fully made and waiting for the crane to be lifted into place once the south wall plates are in situe and the brickwork is completed.


…… be continued