Designation gives the Barn a higher priority status, and the benefit of recognised protections.
A brief history of Coggeshall Grange Barn
Coggeshall Grange Barn is one of the oldest timber-framed buildings in Europe. It was built 800 years ago to serve the farms of nearby Coggeshall Abbey and has since been used by generations of farmers. In the 1980s the barn was close to collapse, but the efforts of the local community and hard work of a restoration team ensured that it was preserved as a true representation of how it was, for all of us to enjoy today.
Below is a Timeline detailing the progress of the saving and restoration of the barn, from the beginning to the present day...
Grange Barn is designated as a Grade II listed building
Emergency repairs are undertaken to stop the barn from collapsing
Things had got to breaking point for the ancient structure, so emergency care was undertaken to ensure that no further harm befell the barn.
The Coggeshall Grange Barn Fund Committee is formed
The Coggeshall Grange Barn Fund Committee was formed by members of the Coggeshall Society and the Coggeshall Residents' Association. Braintree District Council was minded to grant an application by the owner to remove the Barn. Public Enquiry denied permission for demolition. The owner's offer that the Barn be dismantled and re-erected elsewhere was rejected by the Grange Barn Fund Committee.