Save Winterbourne Barn - a rare Medieval survivor!

by Caroline Winterbourne in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd July 2017 we successfully raised £10,000 with 84 supporters in 42 days

Help us create something very special at Winterbourne Medieval Barn!

by Caroline Winterbourne in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we raise more money, then all of the extra money will go to save the magnificent building and bring heirtage alive for everyone.  

New      S  T  R  E  T  C  H     target introduced!

We are delighted to have reached our target of £7,500 and of course, we couldn't have done it without you -  those people who have taken Winterbourne to their hearts and pledged to help us reach our goal. Your gifts will definitely help us create something very special at Winterbourne.

Thank you to everyone who has so generously supported us.

So, we've now increased the target to £10,000.

Additional donations that we now receive will be used to help us save this fascinating building and create a site where medieval history can be brought to life more often, so that more people can come along and find out about these special buildings.  

If you can, please pledge before 22 July when this appeal closes.

If you can't pledge - and not everyone can - please share with friends, family, neighbour, and work colleagues.

Also if you'd prefer to give by cheque, then please send your cheques directly to Winterbourne Barn, not forgeting to put Crowdfunder on the reverse.

Thank You!   

Medieval Foundations; Modern Future

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? 


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!

Don't forget to Gift Aid! If you can make a donation, then please do so using the Gift Aid scheme. If you are a UK taxpayer, then please use the Gift Aid scheme to increase the value of your donation by 25%. This is because the charity can reclaim the basic rate of tax from HMRC, at not extra cost to you. Just click to add Gift Aid to your donation or your reward pledge.

If you can pledge, then that's great... but if you can't, do your bit by helping us spread the word: 

  • Like and share on Facebook
  • Tweet your followers and get them to pledge


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Become an Apple in Our Eyes and get a thanks from us for believing in our project!

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Receive our thanks on a very special card, painted by a local artist, specially designed to show off Winterbourne Barn in all its glory.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Get an invite to our celebration BBQ and meet the team who are working to save this wonderful historic site.

£75 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£75 Reward

Fancy a specially commissioned print which will really help show off the splendour of Winterbourne's amazing cruck-raised roof alongside a view of the Barn from the outside. Pledge £75 and it's yours!

£100 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

We'll send you your very own apple tree. Plant it and make your own cider!

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