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One of the last remaining historic buildings in Nursling to be brought back to life

29 July 2021

Romsey and District Buildings Preservation Trust Limited is a Charitable Company which has been operating since 1975. The Trust has established a strong track record in the viable re-use of historic buildings, predominantly for residential use. The discovery of new projects has remained its principal focus, with an evolving list of what it considers to be buildings at risk and to understand what measures need to be put in place to prevent their loss or continued decay.

With this in mind, Romsey and District Buildings Preservation Trust recently acquired the Grade II Listed Bargain Farmhouse dwelling in Nursling, Hampshire. The timber framed property, which has a water reed thatched roof, is presumed to date back to the 16th century and many of its important original features remain.

The Architectural Heritage Fund has supported the Trust with finance on numerous projects over the past 30 years and is therefore pleased to be part of their latest Bargain Farmhouse project. The AHF has provided a loan of £250,000 towards the repair and renovation costs of this historic listed building, bringing it back into residential accommodation for future generations to come. 

James Laffeaty, Secretary of Romsey & District Buildings Preservation Trust, said:

“We are delighted to have acquired Bargain Farmhouse from the Barker Mill Estate. This is a rare opportunity to ensure that such an important link to the historic past of the Lower Test Valley remains alive and will make a home for generations to come.”

Matthew Mckeague, Chief Executive, AHF, commented:
“We have supported Romsey BPT with many projects and know the team will be able to deliver a high-quality conservation and adaptation project. It is the last remaining listed building in the local area and an important link with the area’s rural heritage – I look forward to seeing it back in use.”

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Editor’s notes

1)    The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas. We are the only specialist heritage social investor in the UK. We provide advice, development grants and loans.

2)    Photos provided by Romsey BPT.

3)    For media enquiries please contact Oliver Brodrick-Ward, on 020 79250199 /

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