Project Profile

Project: Timber frame conservation

Location: Berkshire

Client: Hall & Woodhouse

Peacock Farm

These 200-year-old oak-framed farm buildings had reached a very sorry state of repair and needed some serious attention from our conservation framers to help rescue them.


Peacock Farm has been the site of episodes of human occupation for thousands of years. After a period of inactivity during the Neolithic period activity recommenced in the middle Bronze Age. Characteristics of the period comprised two waterholes, three burnt mounds and two trough-like pits and a possible cremation burial or deliberately-placed pot. A small farmstead was established on the site during the middle iron age but was abandoned before the Roman period. A series of enclosures were in use during the 11th and 12th centuries and a field system was developed and in use until the mid 14th century. The existing farm dates back to the early 19th century and had fallen into a state of disrepair. The farmhouse, buildings and the land directly around them were purchased by brewers Hall & Woodhouse in 2006 for conversion into a public house.

Carpenter Oak & Woodland were contracted to undertake the conservation work on the timber frames within the barns. Following a detailed survey of the frames and the development of a repair strategy the timber frames were tagged, dismantled and removed to our framing yard in Wiltshire. Once all the oak frame repairs had been carried out they were returned to site and carefully re-erected. 

Being able to bring the oak frames into our workshop gives us some significant advantages. It helps to keep the clients costs down because our staff don’t have to stay away or travel daily to the site. Being under cover and working at ground level inevitably make our work on the oak frames more efficient and again saves cost for the client.