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. In 2002, urgent works were carried out using a minimal intervention approach. This work supported and stabilised the structure of the main Barn and south range, and to give protection from the elements and allow walls to dry out. 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.
2019 saw the next phase of building works, as Heritage Lottery funding enabled the transformation of the rest of the Barn site including modernising the old byre workshops for use by local businesses, the addition of a south link interpretation corridor, and the renovation of the once dilapidated West Barn into seminar rooms, kitchen, and toilets. These works provide the flexibility for the Barn site to be used year round for various community activities.
Many activities at the Barn today echo the past. Dr. Oliver Rackham suggests that “the barn was not just a workaday shed, but was a work of grandeur… it will have seen not merely storage and threshing of corn, but church ales, theatricals, wedding feasts and all manner of rustic festivities”.