Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 2°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.

shares

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.

shares

1 comment

The existing play equipment at Badingham Pocket Park which has fallen into disrepair in recent years
L-R Cllr Tim Barber,Cllr Robert Welham,Cllr Gillian Upton,Sue Piggott,Cllr Lynda McQuade.

A plea for funds towards a new playground in a north Suffolk village has been released after the project was awarded £8,000 in grant funding from Tesco to set it on its way.

Ralph Crich suffered a cardiac arrest at Ipwich Town's home game against Fulham on April 19. He has since made a speedy recovery and will be going to watch ITFC against MK Dons tomorrow.

When Ipswich Town fan Ralph Crich left Portman Road 11 days ago, he was, in his own words, nearly dead.

Malcolm Metcalf at the Old Cattle Market bus station in Ipswich.

An 82-year-old man who set himself the challenge of travelling around England on his bus pass has made his stop in Ipswich.

Leiston

Residents are split over proposals submitted for 100 homes plus a new pub on farmland.

Match Centre

Live match updates from Ipswich Town’s final home game of the season, against Milton Keynes Dons.

Neighbours objecting to the original proposed demolition of Woodbridge police station for housing

Plans to turn an empty police station into housing have been knocked back at the second time of asking.

Firefighters were called to a caravan blaze at Heybridge.

A woman and a child were treated for smoke inhalation after a static caravan was destroyed by fire in Essex.

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

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24