Barn at Abermule: We
were asked to be involved in the recording of a timber framed
barn at Abermule in rural mid-Wales which was earmarked for demolition
to make way for new development. It was an unlisted 7-bay post
and truss barn of fairly rough and ready construction and a good
example of the Welsh rural tradition.
client had purchased the barn and needed an accurate survey and
tagging of the frame to allow it to be reassembled on another
site. While we are of the belief that the best place for historic
buildings is the site on which they originated, when a building
would otherwise be lost we do consider relocation, particularly
of timber frames which are essentially prefabricated structures,
may in some cases be appropriate.
barn is unlisted but probably of 17th century date and it was
therefore critical to ensure that as much of the original frame
as possible was saved. The dismantling of the frame took place
over three months during the summer/autumn of 2007 by specialist
historic frame carpenters J & W Kirby who will also be involved
in the repair and re-assembly of the frame once a suitable site
has been found.