Legacy funding provides historic barn’s return to former glory

Stoates Barn after the refurbishment

Thanks to funding received from a Will, an eighteenth-century historic building, Stoates Barn in Allerford on Exmoor, has now been restored.

The barn, which is thought to date to the 18th Century, is of Linhay design, constructed of natural stone and cob and set under a thatched pitched roof.

Stoates Barn before the refurbishment
Stoates Barn before the refurbishment
Stoates Barn before the refurbishment

Local craftspeople, Ware Construction, utilised skills such as thatching and cob to bring the building back to life.

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.

We would like to extend a big thank you to the benefactor and their family for making this restoration possible.

Donations left as a legacy help to secure the future of many National Trust properties.