The Black Barn, Towhouse, Hexham

This multi award winning project was declared overall Heritage Category Winner in the National Heritage Consulting Excellence Awards 2104.

This last known example of an original heather-thatched roof in England dating from 1700, had been placed on the Heritage at Risk Register. When we started work to restore the building this Cruck-framed structure was close to collapse, but still retained a significant amount of original undisturbed heather. First stages in the repair process started with careful archaeological evaluation. Long stemmed heather was sourced from Forestry Commission land in mid-Northumberland, then underwent a lengthy drying process before it was suitable for use.

We ran Heritage Skills Training Events as the works progressed, as well as meticulously recording all stages of repair work in order that past skills are able to be passed on to future generations.

the finished project

the thatched barn in a very delicate condition

inside the completed project

a detailed drawing for repair work

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