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The Granary

The Granary

RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE

Further to the information below which was posted on the website last year, The Parish Council has successfully applied for a Community Heritage Environmental Fund Grant towards the costs of the repairs for the Grade II listed Granary.

We have received £9,000 towards the total costs of up to £22,000 for repairs which will preserve the Granary in its current location. The rest of the costs have been saved up by the Parish Council over the last three years, so we now have sufficient funds to proceed with the project.

 

We are not planning to change or modernise the Granary in any way, just to ensure it is safe, and repair the roof. We are monitoring the suggestion made some years ago that it may slip into the ditch and at present that does not appear to be a concern, but if this does appear to be a problem there are measures we can take to strengthen the banks of the ditch, in consultation with the Environment Agency.

Once the structure has been made safe, we will be able to open it up for visitors to view the historic building. Interestingly, the previous belief that the granary was moved into its present location may not be correct, as historic OS maps show that there was a matching footprint on this site dating back to 1872. It is possible that the boundary for the farm moved, leaving this structure outside of it, but that the barn itself remains in position. 

The Granary

The Granary was built in the nineteenth century and is a two bay, timber framed building with a tiled roof and external timber clad walls. It stands on 10 staddle stones (although one is part missing and awaits repair) which are mushroom shaped to prevent rodents from being able to climb inside the granary.


The internal walls are hung with timber boards and the lower and upper floors are fitted with large timber bins designed to hold grain. The upper floor has a high vaulted roof with a plaster ceiling. Given the age of the Granary it is in a remarkably good shape - the main structural timbers are fairly sound.


The Granary currently stands on the corner of Minchens Lane, but was originally part of Stocks Farm across the lane. There are two views about how the Granary was relocated – one being that it has been completely dismantled and moved at least once, and the other being that it would have been put on skids and moved by horses. The building was previously framed differently than can be seen today and it is thought it could have been a two bay cottage or hop barrack. It has been noted that the Granary is home to a number of spiders including Pholcus and Tegenaria, both of which are known to feed on death watch beetles.


The Granary was gifted to the village by John Clift on his death in 1990 and it is now owned by the Parish Council on behalf of the village. The Parish Council are responsible for the maintenance and insurance of the Granary and this is funded through the Precept. There were some open days a few years ago, where volunteer-warden Ken Hume, and other knowledgeable local people, unlocked the Granary and allowed visitors to have a look around. The Parish Council has felt unable to do this while a list of repairs have yet to be carried out, so that it does not sustain further damage.


The Parish Council was advised a few years ago that some repairs would need to be carried out within the next few years. We have asked the County Council’s heritage specialists to help us to assess what we need to do to ensure the Granary does not deteriorate further.

As a guide, we were made aware of the following issues and we are now seeking an up to date suvery:

(UPDATE - This full survey has now been carried out and we will post a copy of the full report here shortly)

  • Staddle stones – there is one damaged staddle stone at the front of the Granary which needs repair. More urgently perhaps, the rear staddle stones that support the Granary are perched on the edge of the drainage ditch and this ditch needs to be strengthened before the rear staddle stones slough away on the bank and cause damage to the Granary.
  • There is evidence of displaced tiles on the roof which needs to be stripped and replaced
  • The upper floor is not properly inserted into the original mortice pockets in the timber frame. The floor has been raised some time in the past and is now precariously supported.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017