The 15th Century "Herefordshire-style" barn is part of the Treadam Farm complex.
Its original character has been retained, despite the extensive refurbishment work
that was required.
Most of the ancient oak frame was in good condition but the distinctive timber cladding surmounting low stone plinths had deteriated and was completely
renewed using feather-edged larch boards treated with a preservative. The frame was extended to infill the spaces occupied by two double doors in the
front and rear of the building and two oak beams left over from the restoration of York
Minster used to replace decayed timbers.
The centuries had taken their toll on the south-facing stone-built gable wall which was
leaning at an angle beyond remedial action and had to be dismantled and re-built complete
with it attractive pattern of ventilation slits, now turned into windows.
The old Welsh slate roof was dismantled and re-built after the fitting of insulation over the
rafters and the installation of roof lights.
Inside, a spiral staircase made by a local blacksmith now gives access to a first-floor
gallery which was an old hay loft and still retains a remain of a split-timber basket-weave
wall that originally separated it from the rest of the building.
As result of the work Treadam Barn has earned a commendation in the Country Land and Business
Association (CLA) "Farm and Country Buildings Award", which is Britain's highest recognition
of outstanding rural architecture.
Treadam Barn is now run as a non-profit-making venture and doubles as concert hall, multi-functional venue and local community center.