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The granary was built in the last quarter of the 18th century at Temple Broughton Farm, near Hanbury, Worcestershire and is a wonderful example of vernacular architecture from the area. Threatened with collapse and dereliction in the early 1970s the building was rescued and re-located to Avoncroft Museum. The craftsmanship is of a high level and great care was taken when moving the building to transport key elements of the structure in whole pieces – such as the brick supporting pillars – thereby preserving their historical appearance. The granary in the context of its location at the Museum helps explain the processing of wheat as it is located between our threshing barn and early 19th-century windmill. This is explained through interpretation and our education programme.
In recent years the granary has started to deteriorate. It has suffered long-term structural problems as a result of the attempts to retain as much of the original elm timber-frame when the building was re-constructed in 1974. The building now has to be supported by unsightly acro-props and one of the supporting circular brick columns has moved out of alignment, which requires further structural intervention.
We are trying to raise £15,000 to conserve the granary. So far we have raised £7,000.
Car Park and Toilets
Visitor numbers to the Museum have increased by 44% over the past 3 years, and the Museum wishes to ensure that every visitor has a positive and enjoyable experience. It is important that the site is as accessible as possible to everyone. In order to ensure this the Museum aims to improve and maintain these basic facilities.
We are aiming to raise approximately £30,000 to improve the car park.