Legacy funds historic barn’s restoration

A LEGACY has enabled the National Trust to restore a derelict 18th century building, Stoates Barn at Allerford on Exmoor.

Local craftspeople Ware Construction had to use traditional skills, including thatching and cob construction to bring the building back to life.

Dan Raymond, the Trust’s senior building surveyor said: “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 said: “We would like to extend a big thank you to the benefactor and their family for making this restoration possible.”

Pictured: Stoates Barn after refurbishment © National Trust/Dan Raymond