Mare Barn, Lynchmere

Mare Barn it situated on land that once belonged to the Priory of Lynchmere and Shulbrede. It is likely that the barn was partly constructed from stone taken from the Priory when it was dissolved in 1535.  The barn fell into a state of disrepair when it was no longer required for agricultural purposes and a local historical society decided to raise money for it's restoration.  A application for funds under Natural England's Higher Level Stewardship Scheme proved sucessful and Seymour & Bainbridge was asked to complete a condition report, write a specification for the repair work and seek competitive tenders from suitable contractors.  It is anticipated that work will take place in 2014.  The barn is in a fragile condition with leaning and cracked walls and rotting timber framing.  The specified repairs include a variety of conservation and repair techniques to stabilise the building and ensure it's long term survival.  This includes carefully jacking up the timber frame to remove the worst of the deformity and to improve it's load bearing capability.  The shiny corrugated roof will then be replaced by handmade clay plain tiles.