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Yorkshire Dales barn saved for future generations
A DILAPIDATED former farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales has been restored to its former glory to save a slice of history.
Top Building at Hall Farm, Gammersgill, Coverddale, is a grade ll listed building which was on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) at risk register.
Thomas Harland, the YDNPA’s Planning Policy Officer, said: “Grade II listed building status means it is recognised nationally as being of special architectural and historic interest.
“This building dates back to the 17th century and is an excellent example of how buildings in the Dales have evolved over time.
"It started life as a house, later being extended and divided into two cottages, before becoming an agricultural building. It had some structural problems however, so there was a risk that, if left, we might have ended up losing this valuable building.
“The authority has funded some essential work to make it safe, which means it is no longer on our at risk register and it can continue to be used. We will also be using it for educational purposes so other people can enjoy it and learn about its history.”
The £40,000 repairs were carried out by Ripon-based A B Trees & Sons Builders & Contractors and Colin Rickard Masonry under the supervision of chartered building surveyor and historic building consultant Jonathan Ratter.
There are more than 1,800 listed buildings in the national park of which 64 are on the YDNPA’s at risk register with another 126 being classed as vulnerable.
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