Opposite Townend Farm is the barn used by the Browne family. It’s one of the very few remaining bank barns in the Lake District and is still in use today, much like it was in the 18th-century.National Trust
The oldest part of the barn was built by George Browne in 1666, with an extension added in the 18th-century.
The barn had many uses: not only did the cattle stay in it, it also housed a place for a small carriage, dog kennels and space to dry wood and peat for the fire. Having such a well equipped barn was yet another sign of the Browne family’s wealth.
We couldn’t resist a detour via the beautiful tiny village of Troutbeck this week on our way to the Borrowdale valley. I have posted about this before, but I reckon a 353-year old barn AND ITS DOORS is worth a second look. (after all some of you might have missed it first time around!)
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