Historic cart shed restored
3:00pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in Latest News
A project to restore a 17th- century cart shed has come to an end after eight months of hard work.
The historic shed belongs to Mark de Pass and his wife Fiona and is situated on their farm yard at Manor Farm, Easton Royal.
The restoration process started in January and was completed by hand by local carpenter Peter Amor.
Mr de Pass said: “It was a big task but he said it was one of the projects he’s enjoyed the most because he had to use all the old joinery techniques that would have been used when it was originally built.
“I think it looks great now because instead of looking like it’s falling down it actually looks like it’s loved.”
The family was able to fund the work thanks to the Environmental Stewardship scheme administered by Natural England.
Mr de Pass said: “It’s a very big project for a building that is really redundant. It’s mainly an aesthetic thing because the agricultural machinery we use these days is too big to be stored in there, so we’ll use it to park cars.
“It wasn’t financially viable to restore the thatched roof because it would have been an additional £70,000 and it would have only lasted about 20 years, whereas the cart shed now shouldn’t need any work on it in my lifetime and probably not in my son’s either.”
In total the project cost around £150,000 and the grant covered almost 80 per cent of the final amount.
Joy Ede, Natural England’s historic environment adviser, said: “This is a good example of how we work in partnership with local farmers to help with the conservation of the heritage and natural beauty of Wiltshire.”
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