Northumberland County Council granted consent for a farmstead conversion scheme this week at a site near Hexham. The disused barns will be converted into 2 dwellings forming a 2 bedroom and a 4 bedroom property.
The scheme retains the traditional stone features on the buildings and includes the reinstatement of a traditional ‘gin gang’ feature.
The ‘gin gang’ was a circular structure built in the 18th and 19th Centuries to enclose a horse mill and was attached to a threshing barn. The barn held a small threshing machine which was connected to the gin gang and was powered by a horse which walked round and round in the gin gang and milled the grain.
The refurbished gin gang will become a living room in the newly converted property.