Townend Barn in the Lakeland village of Troutbeck  has remained essentially untouched for over 350 years.

The oldest part was built in 1666, with a newer (!) extension which dates back to the 18th century.

It is still part of a working farm. The farmer uses it for lambing and for sheltering sheep.

We came across it purely by accident yesterday whilst exploring the beautiful village of Troutbeck. What a find!!!!

200+ images of the village are still on my camera’s memory card to be downloaded and savoured later. And a couple of posts about Troutbeck are forming in my head as I was captivated by the place.

For now, here are some quick iPhone shots:

The original 17th century building

16th century Townend Barn in Troutbeck Lake District

Townend Barn in Troutbeck ©HelenBushe


16th Century Barn Door

17th Century Barn Door (left) ©HelenBushe


16th Century Barn Door Townend Troutbeck Lake District Cumbria

17th Century Barn Door (Right-hand side) ©HelenBushe


…….and the 18th century extension

18th Century Barn Townend Barn Troutbeck Lake District Cumbria

18th Century Barn (Extension) ©HelenBushe


(Posted for Norm’s Thursday Doors. Thank you Norm.)


Leah · 4 June 2017 at 12:33

Beautiful building. I can imagine the people going about their business back in the day. This could be part of a movie set!

    HMB · 4 June 2017 at 18:05

    And they still are doing which is wonderful.

undiscoverdimagesamongstus · 1 May 2017 at 04:38

Great find. Looking forward to more images.

    HMB · 1 May 2017 at 14:35

    Thank you.

Norm 2.0 · 28 April 2017 at 22:23

Wow what a beautiful old structure. I guess at some point they learned that stone or brick didn’t burn down and also lasted a lot longer that wood; something we never learned here in North America 😀

Amy · 28 April 2017 at 13:45

It’s built back in 1666 and still is standing tall. That is remarkable.
Great photos with you iPhone, Helen. 🙂

    HMB · 28 April 2017 at 14:26

    Thanks Amy. It’s great that the farmer still uses the barn. Have a good weekend,

Laurie Graves · 28 April 2017 at 13:38

That is some barn! Wonderful that it’s still in use. Lots of barns in Maine, but I’ve never seen a stone one. Are they common in England?

    HMB · 28 April 2017 at 14:25

    Yes all the old barns are stone or brick. A lot of old brick ones around us have undergone “barn-conversion”, resulting in amazing houses. Thanks for commenting. Much appreciated. Have a good weekend.

notetotraveler · 28 April 2017 at 04:40

The incredible textures of the buildings make up for the monochromatic colors of the stone. Stunning.

    HMB · 28 April 2017 at 07:15

    Thank you. I’m pleased you think so.

joey · 28 April 2017 at 01:58

Wow that’s just beautiful, and in incredible condition. Great find!

    HMB · 28 April 2017 at 07:14

    Thanks Joey. Yes it was just there in the little street that runs through the middle of this tiny village.

paulfraser11 · 27 April 2017 at 20:30

A great find here Helen. 200+ pictures, that was quite a trip 🙂

    HMB · 27 April 2017 at 20:51

    Aye, 200 . And that was just on the way home.

I'm always pleased to read comments.....

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