Back to the annotated photograph and with particular reference to 3 and 5.
Today I discuss the barn in the photo. If we look at 3 we can see a barn and that barn formed an L-sharp with another barn to form an enclosure. See map below probably pre-1930.
This map follows the same annotations as the 1896 photograph, although I have split ‘3’ in 3A and 3B. What you see in the 1896 photograph is 3B but 3A can’t be seen because it is obscured from view by 3B. Below is a photograph of 3B taken from the west.
And below is 3B again but his time taken the photograph is taken from the north.
The map below I am guessing is from the 1970’s and barn 3B is still there but 3A has gone. Notice that the rickyard (see 5) has acquired two buildings which I believe are ‘modern’ barns; the modern barns are shown as dotted-lines. One of these barns mysteriously burnt down in 2007, I believe it was the modern barn show below. A housing development was built on the rickyard post 2007 (I can’t be precise when).
Alas I don’t have any images for 3A. I reckon the 3A and 3B arrangement would have looked something like the barns at Beedon Manor Farm see picture below from 1969:
The barn on the left in the 1969 photograph is still in existence at Beedon Manor Farm, but looking at the holes in the roof, its prospects are not looking too good.
Call To Action:
1. This call to action is for those who live in Beedon. The barn at Beedon Manor Farm is listed. The owner has obligations in relation to its up-keep.
BEEDON BEEDON SU 47 NE 8/10 Barn 18 metres south-east of Manor Farm House G.V. II
Barn. C18. Weatherboarded on timber frame, corrugated iron roof. 5 bays running north to south, central entry, aisled to east and west. Gabled entries. Interior:- double queen post roof, rafters and purlins replaced C20.
Listing NGR: SU4831778134
2. Pick-up the phone or email or post a letter to your ward Councillor (<- hint follow link) (It should be George Chandler). Explain to Cllr Chandler that a listed barn is in urgent need of repair. The owner of the listed barn has obligation to its up-keep. Tell Cllr Chandler that you require him to get the Council’s Planning Enforcement Team to act. The Council’s Planning Enforcement Team have powers to make the owner undertake the necessary repairs i.e a ‘repairs notice ‘ (<-hint follow link). Enforcement complaints are confidential.
3. Keep pestering Cllr Chandler about this issue until a/. repairs to the listed barn have been done or b/. wrong-doings have been established by a Magistrate/Crown Court and the offender is fined or imprisoned.
NB if you don’t take act now, then the day will soon come when you find that your cultural and historic heritage consists merely of photographs internet.