Owned until 1955 by the Chatsworth estate, the whole farm including West Barn was then sold to the family of the owners of the main farm house. This was to meet 80% death duties of the 10th Duke of Devonshire. The definite age is unknown, but it appears on the first Ordnance Survey maps produced from 1825.
A local elderly man told us he had worked at the farm as a boy over 75 years ago and at that time West Barn had a third floor and a stone roof, but that the Chatsworth estate had removed those for re-use elsewhere.
By 2005, when we acquired the barn (as we know it), it had become quite derelict. What is now the garage was almost totally collapsed. At the same time, it’s neighbour, East Barn was sold and has also been fully renovated. The ground level to the side and rear was up to the living room window sill level, which caused a lot of damp to the walls.