Winterbourne Barn, a rare Medieval survivor
Built in 1342, Winterbourne Barn was constructed by the English gentry; it now stands as the sole survivor, described by Historic England as 'a building of national significance'.
Its magnificent raised cruck roof - containing 7 bays of original oak beams - stretches high above your head towards the skies celebrating over 600 years of history.
Winterbourne is there for the community ...
Hidden inside is a historic cider mill and on Orchard Harvet Days, we press apples to make cider.
At our medieval fayres, all sorts of countryside traditions such as willow weaving are available for you to have a go at.
But whilst Winterbourne Barn stands proud, the other buildings on the site urgently need restoring.
The West Barn is dilapidated. Origianlly part of the 14th century barn, it was rebuilt in the 19th century using the historic medieval stonework. But in the 1980's illegal attempts were made to convert the West Barn into a house. Now every time it rains, the water floods in, causing irrepairable damage to the stonework.
The Cow Byres lack any heating but could house rural craft businesses such as a micro-brewery and a blacksmith if we can refurbish them, helping create job opportunities for young people living in the nearby villages.
The South Barn needs improvements to prevent rainwater coming in and once this has happened, we want to put on all sorts of exhibitions in here telling everyone the stories of Winterbourne and its past.
The benefits of our project
When we've restored all of the buildings, Winterbourne Barn will be many things to many people: a beautiful and peaceful place to discover the medieval history and heritage of Winterbourne and its surrounding landscape; a romantic rural wedding venue; an inspirational setting for children and adults to learn and be creative with spaces for 'making, doing and learning' where people can try their hand at rural crafts, such as willow weaving; and; an important place where people can be close to nature in a setting shaped by its activities and its landscape.
Add to this our programme of family-friendly community events, music, theatre and gudied tours, and there will be something for everyone.
Be part of creating something wonderful at Winterbourne!
We urgently need to raise £7,500 to cover the costs of fitting out the South Barn, creating a space where 'making, doing and learning' can take place. Can you help us?
We want to purchase the following equipment:
- 5 x flip top tables and 30 stackable chairs
- Ceiling mounted OHP and floor mounted screen for presentations and displays
- Storage cabinets for art and craft equipment and educational materials
- Interactive whiteboard for education sessions
- Computer and scanner
These items will help us deliver our education programme to all sorts of groups - school kids, lifelong learning groups, students - all of whom will be able to visit and hear all about the way people lived over the 600 years of the Barn's existence.
Can you help us?
Would you like the chance to double any donation?
Yes, great but you need to be quick! For the next six weeks, any amount, however small or large, can be matched by funds from Heritage Lottery Fund, so if you donate £15, we will receive £30. So if you can, join in and help us save this fantastic building.
As well as donations, we've also got some great rewards:
- If you could stretch to £50 , that's wonderful, and we'll reward you with an invite to our celebratory BBQ where you can find out more about our plans whilst munching on a hot dog!
- By pledging £100, we'll send you your very own apple tree so you'll be able to make your own cider one day too!
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