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Thursday 7 July 2005
7 July 2005
Ashford barn restoration wins Greenwatch award
Villagers and historic buildings conservationists are delighted that barns which feature in one of the most photographed scenes in the Peak District have become award winners.
A barn restoration project at Ashford-in-the-Water won the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust prize for Outstanding Achievement in Built Conservation in Derbyshire County Council's Greenwatch awards.
The centuries-old barns, in Dukes Drive, were declining into ruin, marring Ashford-in-the-Water's conservation area. They are in the background of one of the most picturesque scenes in Derbyshire, the famous Sheepwash Bridge over the River Wye.
The problem was, being near the busy A6, the barns could not be used for anything but storage, and repair was uneconomic.
But with the aid of a £16,000 Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme grant, funded 50/50 by the Peak District National Park Authority and English Heritage, the stone-slate roof of one barn and blue-slate roof of its neighbour have been restored and the walls repaired.
The barns' owner, Richard Cooke of Bakewell, was congratulated by National Park Authority historic buildings architect John Sewell, who said: "The finished buildings are a considerable enhancement to the conservation area and the environment generally. The future of these buildings, which play such an important role in the setting of the village, is now secure."
That particular grant scheme has now finished, but another is scheduled to take its place.