To survey, record and interpret traditional farm buildings in the Westmorland Dales, and carry out conservation work on a number of key buildings under threat.

Project lead: Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Delivery Team

Traditional farm buildings are a distinctive feature of the Westmorland Dales landscape but they are also one of the most vulnerable types of historic building in the area.  Farming practices have changed over the last 50 years so many farm buildings are now redundant and have therefore been demolished, left to decay or converted to other uses.  As the Westmorland Dales has only recently been included within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the information held on the Historic Environment Record (HER) is relatively sparse in comparison with other areas, and inevitably the buildings have benefited less in terms of conservation.  

Purpose

  • To start to redress this imbalance between the new area of national park and the rest of the park.
  • To survey, record and interpret traditional farm buildings.
  • To carry out conservation work on a number of key buildings under threat.
  • To improve records on the YDNPA HER.