More about the barn…

Well the threshing barn is nearing completion of the heavy duty bit & boy has it been just that!

Dave & Kevin have had to use a modern equivalent of Roman methods to get these whopping big stones in & up! by ‘rolling’ heavy stone to be used as lintels & steps across scaffold poles, then lifting with chains & hoisting them up! All back breaking stuff but they are tough, strong, ‘Northumbrian’ restoration warriors :) 

When the scaffold that shrouds the barn eventually comes down you will see the stone work in all its glory in place around the Windows door and stairs,  beautifully  pointed with lime mortar! 

We would like to say a HUGE  thanks to ‘Richard & Tom Mason’ of (T Mason & son) at Pondicherry, Rothbury, for sourcing & supplying the various pieces of stone as we know from many years of experience that it’s not easy to find the ‘perfect match’ & its with their many years of experience in the trade & their local knowledge of the area & its surroundings that they knew what would be perfect for use as steps, quoins, lintels etc etc…  ensuring the barn looks like it’s always been there, unchanged for hundreds of years! in true restoration style… 

Some of the stone you will see is from what was, appropriately enough from ‘Little mill’ over the river from here at Wagtail, which fell into disrepair some years ago rendering it dangerous & in need of total, careful, demolishion before it fell down itself & hurt someone!!!  Thrum mill was showing major signs of going exactly the same way but fortunately you know the rest of that story…(some crazies came along & fixed it)!!! 

Its lovely also to think that ‘little mill’ is not lost & gone forever, but it has the chance to live on for hundreds of more years just across the coquet! 

The Mason’s also had other stone from up & around the coquet, so again perfect for this restoration & you would never, unless it was pointed out to you! know which stones they were.

That’s the sign of a perfect restoration,  built in keeping with what is existing already & truely in keeping! so once again many thanks to them Thrum mill & it’s threshing barn certainly wouldn’t look like this without you:) 

I have given the barn the nick name of ‘Thrumdacherry!!! Photos to follow… 

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The steps!

it took a long time to find them & many miles were covered to collect them but at last they are in!  


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Threshing barn is coming along a treat, big front door going on this week I believe… Stone steps up to it coming along lovely.

Daves off to Staffordshire today to collect more oak so that clever Uncle John can work his magic on the interior! 

Drain pipes are all up now & roof complete so scaffold will be coming down soon ( thank goodness)! 

New window due to arrive this week or next for the new opening, but I’m going to attempt to rescue the existing garage windows to save a bit of expense!!!

All in all the Threshing barn is  coming along good :) pointing looking good,  roof looks lovely… so it will be a lovely added feature to the whole look of the place :) can’t wait… 

Might get to move in for the winter to save on the heating bills in the mill:)! Woohoo!!! or maybe next winter!!! may also have to fight out offspring off for it mind!!! 


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Trouble at the thrum…

A planning proposal has came to light for three executive homes at the Thrum gorge, it’s a very sad day indeed when people who we should have been able to think of as ‘fellow custodians’ are planning to ruin all that is special about this outstandingly beautiful place.

The plans are for three executive houses on the site of an relatively new industrial barn that is now surplus to requirements!

We will be speaking at our local parish council meeting tomorrow evening in an attempt to save this historic landmark site from the devastation of new property and hope that planners will see that the thrum gorge with its SSSi listing is far too special to Ruin! 

We found out very early that what we had bought & subsequently lovingly brought back to life was one of England’s finest jewels & it receives visitors from all over the world after having seen it on Restoration man!

If you, like us feel strongly enough about this, then please make a comment on Northumberland county councils web site and say no to new developments in what should be kept a very special place for everyone to enjoy! 

Thank you 

Margaret & Dave Hedley 





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Threshing barn…  View from the Threshing barn! ( hope the neighbours in that mill are ok)!  he he!
 Roof very nearly complete! Table stones back on, ridge tiles almost finished!

The main door leading into the barn! Just needing some nice worn stone steps now but proving very hard to find! 

Gutters needing to go up before the scaffold comes down but gutter brackets also proving difficult to find!

Main door looking out!

French doors looking inward ( still a bit of work to do in there, but not too much!!! 

  French doors looking out over the weir  & the wildlife :) 
  Looking forward to making good use of the space inside! 

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Progress? Oh yes!!!

 Soon be seeing a welcomed end to the scaffold on Thrum mill threshing barn! 

Work progressing slowly but surely…it’s been a long haul but we are more than used to that now of course! 

The Gable end is all but complete now with its new stairway up to the main door of the barn.

Table stones to go on, a little bit of pointing & hey pesto :)) 

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Back to blog & it’s all about the barn… Coming soon :)

Been a bit busy of late, but as we are coming up to our two whole year anniversary of ‘moving in’ I thought I’d better get caught up with news of the barn next door:)

photos & words to follow soon:)

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New beginnings

Well tomorrow sees the open day of Woodland stove centre in Rothbury not far from Thrum mill.
Ran by our Son Chris a fully qualified electrician/ HETAS stove engineer who decided that hiding his work behind plaster board as an electrician just wasn’t for him any longer, and so decided to put his years of experience on the restoration of our mill to good use!
it is hoped that his passion will turn into a life long career in fulfilling other peoples dreams through his own knowledge & experience along with the help of his sister Emma , our daughter who has left her perfectly good job to assist him, & become the driving force behind his ambition!
Emma’s lengthy experience in all things admin & her English degree puts her in good stead to complete a perfect working partnership.
If hard work and enthusiasm have anything to do with a successful business then they are sure to succeed so if you need a wood burning stove or even just advise about the possibility of having one then just get in touch & have a chat with them, they would love to hear from you :))
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New family business up & running please support

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Threshing barn Doors







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