The Grade ll listed 17th century barn at Mill Bank Farm, off Mill Lane, is currently unsafe and in urgent need of repair/conservation “to safeguard the future of the building”. It would certainly be sad to see such a barn go to rack and ruin.
Cheshire East are seeking planning permission for Listed Building Consent for external urgent repairs to the timber framed barn and the 19th century neighbouring building. (To include removal of existing modern blockwork pens to the interior and additional structural bracing to stabilise the structure.)
link to application 18/6211C
Cheshire East Council’s conservation officers have undertaken emergency repairs over the past two years and the 17th century barn is not currently in use as it is deemed unsafe.
Purcell’s Elgan Jones’ Condition report states, “The building has suffered from weathering and general degradation of exposed timbers, which has caused longstanding movement, distortion and damage to parts of the aged timber frame and original fabric. There is other recent damage, with a small local collapse occurring in early summer 2017 to the front middle section. This has necessitated emergency propping and some shoring up of the load-bearing frame stable to make the building safe and reasonably secure for the time being.”
Historic England’s listing:
“Barn late C17 with early C19 alterations and additions. Brick nogged timber frame and brickwork with slate and tile roofs. 3 truss bays with 2 bay, 2 storey brick addition (west). The framing of the barn, which stands on a 900mm high plinth of C17 bricks, is 15 panels long and-4 panels wide of small framing filled with early C19 brick nogging. There are half-heck doors and square pitch hole doors. This section of the building has the slate roof. The early C19 brick addition has a flight of brick external steps, with stone treads, which lead to the loft, also a tile roof with blue clay ridge tiles. Interior: Oak Queen Post Trusses, with high collars, are supported by jowled posts. There are oak purlins with wind braces and an oak ridge tree. Braces from the posts to the tie beams are missing. The floor and roof timbers in the C19 addition conform to the period of the building.”