Barns and Buildings
This project focused on field barns throughout the South West Peak and their cultural importance to surrounding communities. These charismatic features of the landscape were 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 learnt more 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 and changes in agriculture, many of these structures have fallen into disrepair over the years and are no longer actively used. This project identified, recorded, and where possible, repaired these wonderful structures.
We worked closely with local communities and landowners; along with craftspeople to repair these barns and teach the next generation of community leaders how to care for this valuable heritage. You can read more about the project's achievements in the case study and final report in the More section below.
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.