Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Whitford Farm, Whitford, Devon

Even though I haven't discovered much about this farm, it's rather interesting because it's situated right in the centre of the village surrounded by other cottages, therefore there are no fields surrounding it. However, I did see a tractor going in and out and working elsewhere this year, therefore the farmed lands are probably elsewhere on the edge of the village. After some further research I did find out that it's a Grade II listed building, and is of 17th century origin.

What prompted my first visit was the fact that it suddenly looked derelict a couple of years ago. The garden used to be beautifully kept, with rose bushes and other flowers, then looked very neglected and overgrown. And, as I have an interest in derelict buildings, I decided to make a visit and take some photos. However, on a recent visit this year I found that it is still lived in and used. I do love farms though, and this one has some very old buildings with some interesting features...some oddities too, prompting further questions.

The building below  shows some features which are usually associated with WW2 airfield buildings, namely the concrete buttresses. I don't know of any WW2 construction in this particular area, although Whitford was on the edge of the Taunton Stop Line. As well as pillbox defences on the river it was also a specific defensive area known as an Anti-Tank Island.

The building below has been adapted for modern use with the steel doors, but still shows the remains of it's older usage. The wooden slats in the top window would once have been used for controlling the air flow. This is specifically seen in places such as tanneries and curriers, where the air flow was important for drying purposes. This may have been used for drying hay, but possibly another, older and now unknown usage.

More photos, along with these, can also be seen in the Photo Gallery album.

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