THE HS2 HISTORIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT PROJECT
Portway, today a large modern farm to the east of the village with a big dairy herd, was part of the estate held by Oxford's Lincoln College until 1885.
The proposed HS2 line would pass just a field away from the dairy buildings, and a section of the farm's land would be taken for a permanent rail maintenance depot.
The farmhouse itself dates from around 1800, but incorporates the kitchen hall of an earlier timber-framed building dating from around 1650. The 1800 rebuildiung wuld have been funded by Lincoln College.
The farm buildings include an unusual threshing barn with lattice brickwork, two decorative dovecotes, and the remains of a ‘horse gin’ which would once have been used to power machinery in the dairy. The report suggests that the threshing barn should be ‘listed’ as a historic building in its own right.
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PHOTO BY JULIA WISE