Wenham Manor Barn is a highly significant survivor of the late 15th century with evidence of substantial changes in the 16th and 18th centuries. A delightful and magnificent building rich in archaeology and fully deserving of its listing.
Clearly, historically the barn played a fundamental part in the development of agriculture within the community and would have supported several farms.
Over the last century, it became derelict and was in a very poor condition with most of the roof missing and open to the elements.
It was saved by an English Heritage grant and investment by new owners and given a new lease of life.
Roof timbers were inspected and replaced with oak to match elsewhere with traditional jointing methods, a new thatched roof, brick piers to replace part of the main supporting oak posts, external timber boarding, replacement floors with ufh and porcelane tiles to provide very comfortable office accommodation.
The interior was fitted out with high spec network cabling to a server room & a reception desk provided at the entrance; cloakrooms and kitchen and break out room were furnished to serve the office personnel.
Externally, the land was graded and landscaped, areas laid to lawn with perimeter beech hedging and ornamental trees, bays formed for car parking in white gravel, private terraces with an entrance way in paviors leading to the main foyer.
The building is provided with intruder security, fire alarms, cctv and access control for the main gate and entrance door to ensure security at all times
It is our main office and we occupy one wing – it is an amazing place to work in and we are very aware of the responsibility of caring of the building for the future.