Barns and Buildings
This project focuses on field barns throughout the South West Peak and their cultural importance to surrounding communities. These charismatic features of the landscape are built from local materials and most were constructed in the years leading up to World War I. By studying and preserving these structures and their designs we can learn about how the techniques of upland farming have changed over the last 150 years.
Partly as a result of the harsh environment of the area many of these structures have fallen into disrepair over the years and are no longer actively used. As such this project aims to identify, record, and where possible, repair these wonderful structures.
In order to accomplish these goals we are working closely with local communities and landowners; along with craftspeople to help repair these barns and teach the next generation of community leaders how to care for this valuable heritage.
Take a look at some additional information that will help you protect and learn about the Barns and Buildings of the South West Peak
Field barns can provide important nesting and roosting habitats for bats, swallows and owls.
The form, location and internal arrangements of field barns reflect the changes that have occurred in upland farming practice over the last 150 years.