The 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.

Our 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.

The 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.



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