Knapp Farm Barns

A photo from seventeen years ago hardly seems like history to most of us. It’s little more than yesterday, you might think.

But back in August 1998 the barns at Knapp Farm were just that – barns and definitely looking a bit the worse for age, wear and tear.

Knapp Farm barns in 1998

Knapp Farm barns in 1998

OK, they looked rather derelict in truth. But the church might help people who don’t know the area well to locate these barns. They are at the bottom of Lavington Hill. It was back in march that we showed a photo of thatch being removed from the barn facing the camera in this view. It was replaced in the 1950s with rather less lovely corrugated sheets.

The tiles on the building on the left may not have been original but they are real clay tiles and some of us think they look truly lovely. They would seem to be of double Roman style and were almost certainly made locally.

The yard looks an utter mess!

Soon after the photo was taken, the buildings were converted into homes. The present day scene may have lost some charm but it does all look neat and tidy. For reasons not entirely clear to us the new homes were known as White Horse Barns



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4 Responses to “Knapp Farm Barns”

  1. Phil F . Says:

    The builder who converted the barns was a mr Roy Webster who traded as white horse development ,that’s how the name ,white horse barns came to be,well I think this is correct.He was still living in Devizes not to long ago,not sure if he is still in the area..

  2. Jess Says:

    The big barn is still knapp farm barn and there is 4 smaller developed houses called white horse barns

  3. Knapp Farm barns – a watercolour | Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] lovely gentle picture actually looks much like a photo of the scene we showed last August (click here). That dates from 1998. This could be a little […]

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