Building Description

Take the tour: Site inspection on opening the building at Easter

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Rough initial measurements

Building Description

The exact date of construction of these buildings is unknown at present but from OSI maps we date the buildings to sometime around the 18th Century. The cluster of delapidated farm buildings include:

  • Cottage
  • Cow Shed
  • Chicken coop

All buildings have a solid masonary (primarily limestone) with rubble in-fill construction. The use and type of binding (mortar) and in-fill varys in different areas including lime mortar, loose rubble and earth. The floor and roofs are of timber construction and the roofs are clad with natural slate. The floors consist of concrete, concrete tiles and earth in places.

Neumerous renovations and upgrades have likely taken place over the history of the building but we do know that the roof was fully refurbished in the 1930s, from invoices addressed to the family living there at the time. It is likely that the roof was oriiginally thatched.

There existed an adjoining cottage which was mostly demolished in the 1970s for safety reasons. Some of the walls remain and can be seen below.

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Ground floor cut through the buildings

 

Summary

Building has been derelict for approx. 65 years

Building has been blocked up for approx. 20 years

Issues:

  • Dampness through openings and damaged parts of the roof
  • Internal and external levels causing dampness in the walls
  • Stone walls are intact but in need to considerable repointing
  • Internal floor, good condition. Some moisture damage near openings.
  • Roofs are in relatively good condition (hole in back wing + rotting to some roof joists in main house)
  • Chimneys stable (need repointing), chimney breast at gable unstable and crumbling (mortar in brick is softer than rest of masonry, loose sand)
  • Openings; lintels holding, rotting to timber lintels
  • Interior in good condition
  • Site; accessible, some areas overgrown, lane to site in poor condition and prone to flooding
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