Yelling Farm Barn (case study 5)

Yelling Farm Barn

This early 16th Century Church Farm Barn lies in a characterful woodland valley village, surrounded by similarly attractive thatched and half-timbered dwellings, many of which are also listed buildings dating from the 16th Century. What had undoubtedly once been an imposing structure was, unfortunately, in a state of disrepair when we went to assess it. The architectural detail was still surviving but the barn was struggling to hold itself together. The main south wall was leaning by about 2 feet from its base to wall plate at 3.5 meters. The four corners of the barn were not attached to each other and the roof had broken and was falling in.

The barn had been on the Buildings at Risk list for a number of years before we were called in to restore it the barn to its former glory. 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.

We aimed to save as much of the original barn as possible, and we were pleased to be able to reclaim approximately 60% of the bricks, a fairly high number for bricks for old reds.

The thatch was the crowning glory and it all look spectacular on the open evening.