Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Stoke Ash: Tumbledown barn by A140 is taken down amid fears it could fall in road

06:28 04 April 2014

The Old Barn, as it was in Stoke Ash

The Old Barn, as it was in Stoke Ash

Archant

It was a famous sight for anyone driving along the A140 but now Stoke Ash’s old barn is no more.

The owners of the wooden barn, the proprietors of the The White Horse Inn opposite, took it down because of fears it was becoming dangerous to passing traffic.

Publican Shane Aldridge, 40, said that during his 13 years of running the pub, near Eye, the one-acre site which included the barn has been used for overflow parking.

He said: “There’s been old outbuildings there opposite the pub for hundreds of years.

“It’s a shame in a way as it was the last of the remaining buildings that had stood there.

“The barn has been used most recently as a bottle store but it’s had all sorts of uses over the years.

“Over the years there was a guy who put scaffolding on it and I think people saw it as a sign to try to prevent it falling into the road.”

Historically, the buildings were used for stables and accommodation for travellers moving across East Anglia as the pub was previously a coaching house.

Andrew Stringer, county councillor for the village, said it was about finding the right balance between persevering a historic building and road safety when taking the decision to bring the barn down.

Mr Aldridge said the barn, which had been modified several times over the decades and had been derelict for a while, was not listed.

The pub itself dates back to the early 17th Century, built during the reign of Charles I.

1 comment

Jayden Adams

A 15-year-old girl has been reported missing from Ipswich

David Henley, owner of Henley's of Wivenhoe fish and chip shop, which is backing a new campaign to celebrate the importance of using sustainable fish.

An award-winning Essex fish and chip shop aims to “turn the tide” on overfishing by suppporting a new campaign.

Group of 28 people (made up of police, search & rescue, and RAF personnel) trying to find Corrie McKeague who has been missing since Saturday morning. Picture near Ampton village.

RAF personnel have joined the search for a missing Honington serviceman who has not been seen since the early hours of Saturday.

Trevor Woolley

A Witham man who campaigned for weapons awareness after his son was stabbed has died from a reported heart-attack.

Roads policing officers are appealing for information following a fatal collision on the B1125 (Dunwich Road) Blythburgh near to the junction with the B1387, which happened this morning, Tuesday 27 September.

Police were called at 8.56am today to reports of a single vehicle collision. Following the incident, a motorcyclist, a man in his fifties, has sadly died.

A 50 year-old man who died following a road traffic collision yesterday has been named as Stewart Mackenzie from Westleton.

Ipswich have just stunned the footballing world by winning the League Championship, but you wouldn't know it from the stiff upper lip demeanour of Alf Ramsey in this photo

Today we launch the first in a series of features looking back at Ipswich’s past - its famous faces, prestigious landmarks and the defining moments that helped shape the town.

Threshing demonstration at Harvest Past

Visitors took a step back in time for a day down on the farm.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24