Acorn Bank Barn and Pig Sties – Penrith


The National Trust


John Coward Architects Ltd

Contract Period:

12 weeks

Contract Sum:

£ 90 000

Acorn Bank Barn and an adjacent range of pig sties are both stone built with a timber roof structure and date from the early 19th century. The buildings are located in small complex of buildings that include a water mill and mill cottage. Lambert Walker were appointed by architects John Coward, on behalf of The National Trust, to undertake repairs to the three storey barn and single storey pig sties.

Internal and external scaffolding to the barn and external scaffolding to the pig sties allowed for roof slates to be stripped and joinery repairs to be undertaken to the supporting timber structure. Roofs were reslated and new rainwater goods were fitted. The masonry walls were repaired and several sections rebuilt with new stone inserted as required to match the existing fabric. A number of stone lintels and sills were also in need of replacement and new stones were carved by Lambert Walker stonemasons. Extensive repointing and deep packing of cracks used a traditional lime mortar, following stitching repairs that stabilised the structure. Floor surfaces were also repaired and redecoration included the application of a limewash.

Internal joinery repairs saw all floorboards removed and salvaged where possible for reuse. Floor joists were all replaced and cross beams were splice repaired to retain as much original timber as possible. Supporting timber posts were also replaced.