Boothby Barn Church Farm Museum

The Story Of Boothby Barn

Two pairs of full height doors together with a reclaimed pantile roof and even an owl box completed the task and the building was open ready for the start of the 1998 season. The barn stands 4.8m (15ft) tall, 17m (56ft) long and 6m (19ft) wide. Providing a winter home for the Hornsby traction engine and Hornsby threshing drum alongside the tractors and other implements. With space for activities and demonstrations during the summer months this unique project has produced a building that should reflect the atmosphere of Lincolnshire’s rich agricultural heritage for many years to come.

The next five years saw a process of repair and reconstruction that required specialist knowledge and equal amounts of tender loving care. Many of the structural timbers had suffered at the hands of time, the beetle and the damp salty climate. Teams of volunteers dug out and built the foundations, which originally would have been just pad stones to support the main timbers.

Forgotten joinery techniques were revealed and modern day joiners delighted in recreating the specialist work of their counterparts of the 1700s. Using green oak they spliced pieces together, copied the original joints and gradually the barn took shape. Little of the old cladding had survived, new pine cladding made external walls and today the barn stands as a testament to all the hard work and skills of those involved in the project.

Until 1991 this barn was to be found in the small hamlet of Boothby, about six miles away from Skegness.
This three bay timber framed threshing barn was built in the 18th’ century. Serving out its purpose admirably as it saw an Industrial Revolution, two world wars and countless other developments pass by. By the 1990s the barn no longer had a place in modern farming methods and it was time to go.
Luckily the farmer, Mr Fox Robinson did not demolish the building as such but set it up on a large trailer at the side of the road as you see in the black and white photograph. Eventually it was offered to the Museum and each piece of timber was then carefully recorded, dismantled and transported to its new home.

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1991 – Students from the National Historic Building Crafts Institute with members of the Lincoln Conservation Studio from the Lincolnshire Life Museum start the painstaking process of dismantling the 18th Century barn at Boothby in preparation for preservation work and eventual rebuilding at the Church Farm Museum, Skegness.


(source: Church Farm Museum)


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