Lenborough Barns, Buckinghamshire

Neil Tanner Associates

Lenborough Barns are near the village of Gawcott in Aylesbury Vale District. The client had gained permission for conversion of agricultural buildings to form residential dwellings and annex, together with garage and storage.

Instructed by Neil Tanner Associates, TEP provided an archaeological record of the historic agricultural buildings including the barns, stable and cart shed. The work was carried out to Historic England Level 2 / 3 guidelines and included a photographic and drawn survey.

The timber-framed barn was found to date to the late 18th century and the buildings demonstrated a recycling of building materials through several phases of construction and alteration in later years. The buildings have historically been associated with the nearby Grade II Listed Spinney Farmhouse, and the site retains an isolated rural setting so sympathetic conversion was a priority for the Local Planning Authority when granting permission.

Of particular interest was a single possible example of apotropaic scorch marks, these being a deliberate burning of timbers to symbolically inoculate the building against fire; and the residential redevelopment will aim to retain as much of the historical fabric as possible.