Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Raised cruck roof timbers in Winterbourne medieval barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barn is a building of national importance. Built in 1342, just a few years before the great plagues swept across England, the barn is a unique survival of the medieval agrarian economy. It was commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne from 1328 until his death in 1360. Records suggest that he 'dined with friends at Winterbourne in 1353'.

Sitting on a finger of fertile agricultural land in the north Bristol fringe in the South West of England, this great agricultural storehouse was in danger of collapse through neglect until it was purchased by South Gloucestershire Council, its current owner, in 1998. A programme of restoration on the Main Barn and the South Range began in 2002, jointly financed by the South Gloucestershire Council and English Heritage.

Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) is busy working in partnership with the owners to revitalise the whole complex into a community-led project based on heritage and food and farming education.

WMBT runs a programme of varied events and workshops throughout the year. Full details are available on the website and Facebook.

Venue Type:

Agricultural site, Heritage site

Opening hours

Please check website before visiting. Appointments can be made.

Admission charges

Please check website before visiting.

Getting there

From M32: Follow signs for A4174 Ring Road. Stay in the left lane. Follow signs for Winterbourne. Bear left at first traffic light (onto B4058). Follow the B4058 (turns sharply to right, then under motorway, then steep bend to left) 1+ miles into Winterbourne. Just at the top of hill turn left onto Beacon Lane. Continue ¼ mile down the hill and take first right turn onto Church Lane. The barn is just before the church (where the lane bends sharply to right).

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Heritage Open Days logo

Heritage Open Days

  • 8 — 9 September 2018 12-5pm

Winterbourne Barn was built by Thomas de Bradeston in 1342, just a few years before the Black Death first hit in England. Only three barns of this scale are recorded as built by gentry’ families, and Winterbourne is the only survivor. It was built using the green-timber construction methods which were the cutting-edge technology of that period. It is a fine example of a raised-cruck construction and one of the largest and earliest raised-cruck barns.
In addition to touring the Barn and its grounds, this year there will be an exhibition on Extraordinary Women - Unsung Heroes : Stories marking 100 Years since the Universal Suffrage Act brought the vote to women for the first time.
Assistance and well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owner within the grounds of the Barn.
Neighbouring St Michael's Church will also be open for tours.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/extraordinary-women

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Choir in the barn

West Gallery Music Workshop

  • 21 July 2018 10am-4pm

Come and help recreate this distinctive, lively sound in the magnificent medieval barn. West Gallery music is fun to perform. In fact it was such fun that the Victorians disapproved and threw out the choirs and bands in favour of barrel organs, pipe organs and robed choirs in churches. The music is sung in four parts, and is accessible to everyone whatever your voice range. Singers can either learn by ear or read the music. Instrumentalists are also welcome (strings or woodwind) and should bring a music stand if possible. Music will be supplied on the day but can be emailed if you would like to look at it beforehand.
The workshop runs from 10.30am-4pm and will be led by members of Bristol Harmony West Gallery Quire. Tea, coffee and biscuits available from 10am and throughout the day. Bring a packed lunch and dress for the weather - the medieval barn is not heated.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 11-13

Admission

£16.50 (payable on booking), plus a small charge for the music, payable on the day. Contact Linda Hall tel: 01633 889019 or 07891 688581 or at lindajhall61@gmail.com

Website

http://www.winterbournebarn.org.uk/courses-and-workshops/

Stone apple mill

Orchard Harvest Day

  • 7 October 2018 11am-4pm

A great day out for all ages. Celebrate the Great British Orchard and all things apples! A very full programme of varied events takes place across the whole day. Cider-making, information about fruit, orchards, and associated things, stalls, traditional crafts, rural skills demonstrations, live music and dance, ferret-racing, skittles and traditional games, farm animals, apple bobbing and other children’s activities, and much more.
Top quality locally-produced food and drink available all day, including Haythorne cider made in the Barn. Something for all the family.
Assistance and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owner within the grounds of the Barn. Off-road parking for £2 per car.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £3, child under 16 free.

Website

http://www.winterbournebarn.org.uk/event/orchard-harvest-day/

Angels appear in the barn

Carols in the Barn

  • 15 — 16 December 2018 3:30-5pm

What better place to celebrate the Christmas story than in a real medieval barn! Members of neighbouring St Michael’s Church present their own take on the drama in this very atmospheric setting. Suitable for all ages.
Gates open at 3.30 pm so that visitors can enjoy a cup of mulled wine or fruit juice, and a mince pie (included in the ticket price) before the performance starts in the barn at 4pm.
The Barn is an unheated medieval agricultural building with uneven floors, so do wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear.
Parking is limited so please walk from Winterbourne village if you possibly can and do not block the narrow lane.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £2, Children (under 16) £1, including refreshments. Tickets available from November Tel: 01454 774479

Website

http://www.winterbournebarn.org.uk/event/carols-in-the-barn/

Getting there

From M32: Follow signs for A4174 Ring Road. Stay in the left lane. Follow signs for Winterbourne. Bear left at first traffic light (onto B4058). Follow the B4058 (turns sharply to right, then under motorway, then steep bend to left) 1+ miles into Winterbourne. Just at the top of hill turn left onto Beacon Lane. Continue ¼ mile down the hill and take first right turn onto Church Lane. The barn is just before the church (where the lane bends sharply to right).

Winterbourne Medieval Barn
Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane
Winterbourne
Bristol
BS36 1SE
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.winterbournebarn.org.uk

E-mail

For general enquiries

robert.beetham@phonecoop.coop

For queries relating to events

eventswmbt@gmail.com

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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