Frindsbury Manor Barn


Location – Rochester

Architect & client – The Heritage Design & Development Team Ltd

Structural engineer – The Morton Partnership

Main contractor, joinery & wood supplier – Dolmen Conservation Ltd

Species – British oak

This Grade 1 listed medieval barn, originally built in 1403, was damaged by fire in 2003. At 210 feet long it is the longest barn in the UK. A third of the barn was re-built in locally sourced green oak. Large quantities of curved timber were selected for braces and tie beams. In total, 1400 f3 of oak was used. Extensive stone repairs were also needed. 95,000 Kent peg tiles were used to re-tile the old and new sections of the barn. The project was based on the fundamental principles of conservation: 'maintain as much of the historic fabric as possible whist ensuring the building has a viable future use'. The barn and its surrounding areas are steeped in history and it remains fundamental to the local community.