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…