A new chapter for this unique medieval site

Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) and South Gloucestershire Council are working in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to revitalise the whole Barn complex into a community heritage site promoting the knowledge of medieval history, its architecture, agricultural landscape and people.

Current building and conservation works aim to preserve the life of the Main Barn, provide a historical interpretation gallery, redevelop the Victorian cow byres into artisanal workshop spaces, and will see the installation of much needed kitchen and toilet facilities. All of these works aim to ensure the secure future of the Barn complex for years to come.

Click on the links and begin to uncover the history of this spectacular medieval building. We think it is a pretty special barn and hope you agree!

Winterbourne Medieval Barn is a building of national importance. Built in 1342, just a few years before the great plagues swept across England, the barn is a unique survival of the medieval agrarian economy. It was commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne from 1328 until his death in 1360. Records suggest that he ‘dined with friends at Winterbourne in 1353’.

Sitting on a finger of fertile agricultural land in the north Bristol fringe in the South West of England, this great agricultural storehouse was in danger of collapse through neglect until it was purchased by South Gloucestershire Council, its current owner, in 1998. A programme of restoration on the Main Barn and the South Range began in 2002, jointly financed by the South Gloucestershire Council and English Heritage. The Barn and surrounding site is currently undergoing building and conservation works as part of a Heritage Fund project due to re-open in Spring 2020.

Next Events

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Lecture: Brewsters, Alewives and Beer Witches

Date: 14th November 2019

Time: 7 - 9pm

Location: The Cartshed

Lecture: Brewsters, Alewives and Beer Witches

Join us to find out more about women and brewing in Medieval and early modern culture. “She who has her thumb in the people’s beer mugs also has her hand on the levers of power”.

Family Advent Calendar Workshop. Fully Booked

Date: 30th November 2019

Time: 10am - 12.30pm

Location: The Cartshed

Family Advent Calendar Workshop. Fully Booked

What better way to celebrate the festive season than by creating your very own advent calendar countdown to the big day. Crafty fun for all the family! 

Winterbourne Home Money Boxes

Is your purse bulging with loose change? Are coppers weighing your pockets down? Fed up with carrying around small change?

Then, we’ve got the ideal solution.

Get yourself WMBT home money box and use your loose change to help save the Barn. Simply pop the box on the shelf and then everyday you can clear out those coins that clutter up your wallet.

How to get hold of a Money Box

You can either pick a box at a Barn event or contact us using the “Contact us”  page and we will send it to you

How to return the Receipts

You can either return the filled box to the Barn or pay the money into our account with CAF Bank Ltd

Account Name: Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust
Sort Code:         40-52-40
Account No:     00032538

If you are eligible for Gift Aid please complete the form on the Membership page, either by post to the Barn or by a signed pdf to suep@winterbournebarn.org.uk so  that the Trust can claim an additional 25% on your donation