Raise the Roof for Winterbourne Medieval Barn

January 29 2019
Raise the Roof for Winterbourne Medieval Barn

The Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust is hoping to raise the funds it needs to restore an ancient roof by encouraging people to sponsor a tile.

The roof on the West barn is made up of over 8,000 red clay tiles, known as pantiles, and needs extensive repairs.

Anyone who takes part in the initiative will be acknowledged on the website.

At the end of 2018 the Trust received two big grants to help it towards the total of £400,000 which it has to raise itself for the refurbishment.

It was given £42,837 by LEADER, a fund jointly provided by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs.

This will pay to restore the Victorian cow byres, so they can be used by micro businesses.

A further £70,000 for the refurbishment of the building was one of the final grants given by the Hampshire-based HB Allen Charitable Trust before it was wound up at the end of last year.

This leaves the WMBT in a strong position, with only £128,000 of the £400,000 total left to raise.

The trust says Winterbourne Medieval Barn is a building of national importance.

Built in 1342, before the Black Death swept across England, it is believed to be a unique survivor of the medieval agrarian economy.

There are records of its use by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne and ordered the barn to be built, dating back to 1353.

During 2019 most of the site will be shut, to enable work to start on the main medieval barn, the South barn (pictured above), the West barn and outbuildings.

In the Cartshed, a programme of activities will continue, with spring events including an apple grafting workshop, a wet felting workshop, and a talk on Viking words in the English language.

For up to date information on events at the barn, visit its website www.winterbournebarn.org.uk.

The site includes a link for anyone wanting to donate to the Raise the Roof appeal.