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Barn with Horse Engine House at Bank Farm

A Grade II Listed Building in Welshpool, Powys

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Latitude: 52.7091 / 52°42'32"N

Longitude: -3.0975 / 3°5'51"W

OS Eastings: 325946

OS Northings: 312944

OS Grid: SJ259129

Mapcode National: GBR B2.2G28

Mapcode Global: WH79J.D57H

Plus Code: 9C4RPW52+JX

Entry Name: Barn with Horse Engine House at Bank Farm

Listing Date: 29 February 1996

Last Amended: 29 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16740

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Location: In the yard at Bank Farm, which is immediately W of the Montgomeryshire Canal, adjacent to Bank Lock, 4km. approx N of Welshpool.

County: Powys

Community: Welshpool (Y Trallwng)

Community: Welshpool

Locality: Bank

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History: The barn range appears to be one of the earliest buildings at Bank Farm - most of the farm buildings and the house itself were built or rebuilt in the later C19. The barn is probably early C19, and the engine house is thought to have been added to it c1840, providing the motive power for threshing etc. The horse-engine probably continued in use until c1900-1910 and was then replaced by a petrol engine.

Exterior: Barn range has a light timber framing with horizontal plank cladding and slate roof. Horse engine house has well-coursed and squared local rubble walls and graded slate roof. Barn range is built on a slight slope, and divided into a series of bays which originally represented threshing floor and storage bays. Horse-engine house projects from its N wall, but is structurally independent of it: curved in plan, the walls are equally divided into 7 bays housing doorway to SE and a series of square openings: shafting formerly lead into barn via a hole cut in its wall.

Interior: Rough king-post trusses to barn roof; engine house has massive cross-beam braced to the external walls, and supporting a king-post truss. None of the early machinery survives, but there are remains of line-shafting in the barn.

A rare surviving example of a horse-engine house with its associated barn.

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