A view of Townend, Cumbria from the front gate

Important notice -

Our major conservation project is almost complete and we are now open again. There are still some bits to finish off both internally and externally, please bear with us during this final stage of the project.

Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories


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A rotten beam in the wall at Townend

Tackling the rot at Townend 

Imagine what it feels like to press against a 400-year-old solid oak beam and feel it crumble beneath your fingers. That was just what we were faced with at Townend when we scraped away the top layer of render to check the condition of the beams holding up this Grade I listed farmhouse.


Filming the rot at Townend

Alex Fowkes and Amon Shaw from Carlisle are in the second year of an Adventure Media course at the University of Cumbria and they have set up their own production company, Thrown Overboard Media Company. They have been filming our conservation project from start to finish and have produced this short edit of the project work.

A rotten beam at Townend

Rotten news: project updates 

Over the next ten months we plan to update our website every few weeks to share with you the challenges of tackling the rot at Townend and hopefully the wonderful things we will discover as we peel away centuries of hidden history. Here’s the fourth instalment.