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Townsend Farm

Dorset

This cottage had been in use as a barn of some 100 years, and was in a sorry state. Chimney stacks were gone, as had most of the original timber frame. The roof had been replaced with asbestos sheet. Only one original window remained.

Although not Listed, we have brought it back to life with the same care and attention as a protected building. We uncovered two large inglenook fireplaces and discovered and preserved the remains of a medieval cruck frame, ancient spice cupboard, original floor slabs and even a bread oven which had been completely concealed.

Apart from the sheathing of electric cables, no plastic or synthetic material have been employed. Even the paint is natural.

Only the trained eye can now tell which elements are new and which are original.