The Repair Process
Winterbourne Barn is a Grade II* Listed Building which, due to its high risk category was purchased by South Gloucestershire Council in 1998, with the help of funding from English Heritage, and the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. The urgent works required to support and stabilise the structure of the main Barn and south range, and to give protection from the elements and allow walls to dry out, began in February 2002 and have since been completed.
To achieve repair with the least disruption and, where possible, to avoid any rebuilding, a minimal intervention approach was adopted. Walls were injected with lime mortar after pointing, and have been protected by a thin lime plaster coat as originally existed. Roof timbers were jacked and the original 14th Century joints reinstated. The ceiling plaster incorporates more goat hair (which is less oily) and less horse hair than in the 14th Century.
Dr. Oliver Rackham suggests that “the barn was not just a workaday shed, but was a work of grandeur, designed by an architect. It will have seen not merely storage and threshing of corn, but church ales, theatricals, wedding feasts and all manner of rustic festivities”. That is an evocative thought to leave this all too brief history of Court Farm, Winterbourne.