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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.

Located 700m west of the village Winterbourne, it 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.

The barn, church and hamlet were designated as a conservation area by the council in 2005. Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) was granted charitable status in 2005 following the historical development of the Winterbourne Barn Trust-in-Waiting and Winterbourne Medieval Barn Development Group.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

In partnership with Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust we have received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help restore Winterbourne Medieval Barn. Development funding of £165,000 has been awarded to help us and the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) progress proposals to apply for further funding before December 2017.

The total amount of grant funding applied for to support the project will be £1,045,000 (including this initial development funding).

If the bid is successful, the funding would be used to:

  • Restore, refurbish and find new uses for the 14th Century Court Farm Barn and associated outbuildings, ensuring its long-term sustainability in the heart of the local community
  • A heritage education centre would also be created to demonstrate the history of the barn and its architecture as well as information about the local area
  • Provide flexible spaces for a variety of community, educational and commercial uses

Key events and activities in 2017 at Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Saturday 20 – Jazz in the Barn, with UWE Jazz band 7.00 – 9.30pm

Sunday 11 – Medieval Fayre, 11am – 4pm
Saturday 24 – Basket Weaving Workshop, 9.30am – 4pm
Sunday 25 – A Story of Early Music, with Tom Harrison, 2.30pm

Tuesday 4 – AGM 7pm and A Miller’s Tale 7.30pm
Saturday 22 – West Gallery Music Workshop, 10am – 4pm
Sunday 23 – The Barber of Seville, Tessitoura Opera, 6pm

Sunday 13 – Alice in Wonderland, Ian Kennedy Productions, 2.30pm
Tuesday 29 – The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Festival Players, 7pm

Saturday 9 – Heritage Open Days 12.00 – 5pm
Sunday 10 – Heritage Open Days 2pm – 5pm

Sunday 8 – Orchard Harvest Day, 11am – 4pm

Saturday 9 – Make a Christmas Wreath Workshop 10.00 – 12.30
Saturday 16 – Carols in the Barn, 3.30pm
Sunday 17 – Carols in the Barn, 3.30pm


Further information is available at and at the Friends of the Barn’s Facebook account. (

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