Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Friday, 26 October 2012

Apethorn Lane Farm

We have shown this farm before and I'm sure it will feature again, today picture is from our  regular contributor Aiden Prince.

This farm originally 15th century, but with external walls and other features of the 17th to 19th century. It  Cruck-Framed with brick and squared rubble walls and a graduated stone slate roof.

A cruck or crook frame is a curved timber, one of a pair, which supports the roof of a building, used particularly in England. This type of timber-framing consists of long, generally bent, timber beams that lean inwards and form the ridge of the roof. These posts are then generally secured by a horizontal beam which then forms an "A" shape. Several of these "crooks" are constructed on the ground and then lifted into position. They are then joined together by either solid walls or cross beams which aid in preventing racking (the action of each individual frame going out of square with the rest of the frame, and thus risking collapse).

Thanks for the picture Aiden


Werneth Low said...

Fond memories of this very creepy building. My friend Rosemary Garlick lived in the pair of semis almost opposite in the 60s and we would go horse-riding together every Saturday. I never liked walking home in the dark on Apethorn. Is the farm still there?

Tom said...

It's still there, but is now wrapped up in plastic sheeting to stop it getting any worse. It will need someone with a big wallet to put it in order. Would be very nice to see it though. I was always told that my paternal grandparents rented part of this building at one time.

Werneth Low said...

That's interesting, Tom, because another school friend of mine, Christine Ogden from Newton, used to spend holidays with her Uncle John and Auntie Susie who lived at the farm.