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This Lakeland Barn is part of a late 17th, or early 18th century grade II listed farmhouse and further agricultural buildings close by. The existing building is single-storey orientated north south on a slight slope with a small undercroft to the lower south end. It is constructed from random rubble limestone, flush pointed with a random width diminishing coursed slate roof cover.

The barn is ancillary to the existing house which has three bedrooms and they required two additional rooms which can be provided in the barn with no alteration or impact on the grade II listed house or its character and setting.

The proposals were based on well established conservation principles given that the barn sat within the curtilage of a listed building and the Lake District National Park World Heritage Site.

These works included altering the interior of the barn to form two bedrooms with en-suites accessed off a central bay.

This included;


  • Two new vent style window openings that will match the existing and new oak framed windows to all window openings,
  • The retention and refurbishment of the existing barn doors,
  • Reconfiguring the internal layout to form new rooms using plastered timber partitions and high-level glazing.
  • Repointing the exterior walls and new rain water goods,
  • New perimeter land drainage, new soak away and package treatment plant.
  • Extension of GSH pump to supply domestic hotwater and UFH
  • Bespoke joinery and bathrooms

The proposals were carefully designed to minimize external change so as to respect and preserve the amenity of the main house with minimal windows and parking kept away from the house and barn.

The new glazed doors were a simple design in oak and recessed behind the existing barn doors which are retained. This allowed them to be hidden when the barn doors are closed allowing the building to retain its agricultural feel. When the barn doors are open the recessed oak doors will minimize their impact and still retain a sense of agricultural use by their lack of painted or highly detailed finish.

The new black painted guttering and downpipes are cast iron to and with clay gulleys to below ground drainage. The new and existing window openings and new doors have been varnished oak frames with simple plain rebates fitted double glazing.




Our proposals for No.1 Long Houses are sensitive repair to retain as much of the historic fabric as is practically possible.

Low House Farm

Low House Farm

Low House Farm, is a grade II listed house, bank barn and long-house with outbuildings situated south west of Littletown in the Newlands Valley, close to Keswick in the county of Cumbria.

Thornthwaite Hall

Thornthwaite Hall

Thornthwaite Hall, is an impressive grade II listed hall house near the village of Bampton near to Haweswater in the county of Cumbria. The large farmhouse comprises a late 16th century tower and hall, however, the hall had fallen in to disrepair by the late 20th century with part of it used as a bank barn.

Damson Fell

Damson Fell

Built in 1903, Damson Fell was the vicarage to the nearby village church and was named after the plentiful Damson trees that are a part of this delightful corner of the Lake District National Park, the property is set in private grounds of approximately 1.2 acres. Damson Fell is a fine example of Edwardian Lakeland architecture.


Crosby Granger Architects have made three senior promotions in response to our ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for our heritage consultancy services.

Our award-winning practice has long established expertise in projects involving the care, repair and adaptation of historic buildings, as well as new designs for sensitive sites.

From the scholarly restoration of churches and historic houses across the north of England to master planning for owners of large private estates, Cumbrian clients include the National Trust, Holker Hall, Leighton Hall, Levens Hall and Muncaster Castle. The practice also has clients, including independent schools, in Co. Durham, Cheshire, the Midlands and London.

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GREAT NEWS! Crosby Granger Architects have made three senior promotions in response to our ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for our heritage consultancy services.

Gordon Blunt joined the practice in September 2020 and is tasked with managing and improving the studio’s production of information, knowledge sharing and providing technical oversight on major projects.

Co-founder Chris Granger said: “We have a solid foundation in the heritage sector from which to expand our work and for which we are seeing increasing demand. So we are very pleased about the three appointments.

“We also act as specialist consultants to other architects, surveyors and estate managers who need high-level building conservation advice or technical guidance. They are often wrestling alone with the same problems we are tackling with our bigger team of experts.

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