What's Happening to the Barn at the Brewers Arms in Neston?
|Published: 16th January 2013 14:04|
An AboutMyArea reader has written to ask about progress on this landmark in Neston town centre.
Local historian, Ian Norris, wrote: "Does anyone know what is happening at the old 'barn' alongside the Brewer's Arms in Neston? This is one of the oldest structures in Neston, yet its roof was removed months ago and it now lies open to the elements. Whilst scaffolding and protective sheeting was erected around the building, no work appears to be in progress and the old roof beams are exposed and, no doubt, are deteriorating. So what's going on?"
AboutMyArea Neston has spoken with Paul Smith, landlord of the Brewers Arms, who explains what's happening:
"On Ladies Club Day last year a delivery wagon, finding the roads closed in the town centre, attempted to turn around in our car park. The vehicle collided with the barn, causing considerable structural damage.
"We are looking to convert the barn, which dates back to the 1500s (the site is mentioned in the Domesday Book), into a stand-alone restaurant. We think this is something Neston could really benefit from.
"On the advice of one of the local council departments we consulted with, we started work to repair the barn, but there were some subsequent issues raised by another department in the council which forced us to stop. That's now been sorted out and work will restart as early as next week.
"We will be retaining as many original features as possible, including the beams which came from ships that had broken up at Parkgate. The windows to the side of the barn, facing Raby Road, will be reinstated as well.
"The currently exposed beams have been in place for 500 years, they will survive a few weeks of wet weather, so don't worry!"
Paul has promised to keep AboutMyArea posted as work continues, and we look forward to seeing the fully restored building in the near future.