Historic Exmoor barn ‘returned to former glory’

An 18th-Century historic Exmoor building has been “restored to its former glory” thanks to legacy funding, the National Trust has said.

Stoates Barn in Allerford, which is of Linhay design, has been brought back to life by the trust after they received funding from a will.

The barn is constructed of natural stone and cob and set under a thatched pitched roof.

Taunton-based Ware Construction were behind the restoration and utilised skills such as thatching and cob to bring the building back to life.

Senior building surveyor said Dan Raymond: “The works involved the careful dismantling and reconstruction of the roof structure, with repairs to the existing trusses and purlins prior to re-thatching, along with structural repairs to the walls using cob blocks and repairs to the first floor structure.”

Lis Ford, senior visitor experience officer for the National Trust, extended a “big thank you” to the benefactor and their family for making the restoration possible.

A National Trust spokesperson said: “The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy.

“More than 120-years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does.

“Entirely independent of government, the trust looks after more than 250,000-hectares of countryside, 780-miles of coastline, and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“More than 26-million people visit every year, and together with 5.2-million members and over 61,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity in its work to care for special places for ever, for everyone.”

All photos credit to National Trust/Dan Raymond.

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