Crimea Barn is the prominent, L-shaped, flint agricultural building on the corner of Chalton Lane and Green Lane, opposite the South Downs National Park. It dates from the 1850s, was part of Down Farm and has been under threat of demolition as part of the housing development.
William Heath began farming the land after World War One, firstly as a mixed market garden and dairy, then a full dairy farm in the early 1930s. There was a large pond to the west of the barn. Family members still live in the village and have vivid memories of childhood days spent on the farm.
Clanfield Parish Council wishes to take ownership of Crimea Barn from the developer and restore it as one of the few remaining historic buildings in the village. Potential uses are as a parish office and museum/community area, as well as possible offices for rent to generate income. It is also intended to rebuild the flint boundary wall; a section of the southern side remains.
Twenty-seven year old Danny Stallard works at the Co-op and is one the parish council’s Crimea Barn Working Group members. He has launched a further crowdfunding appeal to help raise funds for the project and in response, a former district councillor (Tony Denton) has generously pledged £500 and District Councillor Guy Shepherd, impressed with Danny’s commitment, has offered a further £1000 from his devolved budget if the community can raise a further £500 in the next few weeks. A Clanfield family has already kindly donated £100 and we have had further contributions that leave only £380 to be raised to meet that challenge – although any additional amount would be gratefully received.
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Rosemary Clarke, Clanfield Parish Councillor, Crimea Barn Working Group
At the time of posting £770 of the £1,000 has been raised so not far to go! Guy.