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Heritage Lottery funding for Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE

Winterbourne Barn exterior

Winterbourne is one of England’s great surviving medieval barns, built in 1342, the barn is a unique survival of the medieval agrarian economy.

The Barn was commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne from 1328 until his death in 1360.

Winterbourne Medieval Barn also known as Court Farm Barn is a building of national importance and is a Grade II* listed building. The barn is an outstanding example of a raised-cruck construction, one of the largest and earliest of its kind, and the original roof structure remains largely intact.

Building and conservation works

Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust and South Gloucestershire Council have been working together to transform the Winterbourne Medieval Barn site into a heritage hub for the local community. This £1.7 million project is supported by an award from The National Lottery Heritage Fund of £936,600.

Work to conserve, redevelop and find new uses for the magnificent Grade II* listed 14th century Winterbourne Medieval Barn began on Monday 18 March with work anticipated to last one year. Corbel Conservation Ltd have been appointed as the main contractor for the build.

Current building and conservation works aim to preserve the life of the Main Barn, provide a historical interpretation gallery, redevelop the Victorian cow byres into artisanal workshop spaces, and will see the installation of much needed kitchen and toilet facilities. All of these works aim to ensure the secure future of the Barn complex for years to come revitalising it into a community heritage site promoting the knowledge of medieval history, its architecture, agricultural landscape and people.

Key events and activities in 2019 at Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Saturday 31 August – Bristol Male Voice Choir and the Frampton Shantymen Doors at 7pm, St Michael’s Church

Saturday 14 September  – Heritage Open Days 10am – 2pm
Sunday 15 September  – Heritage Open Days 1pm – 5pm
Saturday 21 September – Basket Weaving 10am – 4pm
Saturday 28 September  – Lecture: Wither the Apples of Yesteryear

Saturday 12 October – Wet Felt Making, Shoulder Bag 10am – 1pm
Thursday 17 October  – Lecture: Honey from Flower to Jar 7 – 9pm


Thursday 14 November – Lecture: Brewsters, Alewives, and Beer Witches 7 – 9pm
Saturday 30 November  – Family Advent Calendar Workshop 10am – 12.30pm

Saturday 7 December – Fabric Christmas Wreath Making Workshop 10am – 12.30pm
Saturday 14 December – Lecture: The 12 Plants of Christmas 2 – 4pm

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