Family fun to celebrate restoration of old barn

Dyer's Barn during its restoration period
Dyer's Barn during its restoration period
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Maypole and country dancing are just some of the family entertainments on offer during the grand launch of Dyer’s Barn tomorrow after a period of restoration for this 18th-century building.

There will also be displays, talks and walks, a farrier shoeing the Shires, woodwork and coppicing, lace work, spinning and children’s activities at this event, in Church Meadow on the Chawton House Estate at Chawton, near Alton.

The free event runs from 10am until 4pm.

The official opening of the barn and ribbon-cutting by local children will take place at 11am.

The story of the barn dates back to the early 1700s and it was purchased and erected by local builders George Dyer & Family on their site in Alton between 1842 and 1844.

Having been left unused and later discovered under a corrugated metal-covered outbuilding in 2001, a plan of restoration was put in place to bring it back to its former glory.

Those involved in the work will be announced at the official opening, to which all members of the public are invited.

For further information, please call 01420 541010.

Or you can e-mail info@chawton.net