THE HS2 HISTORIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT PROJECT
Road Barn Farm is one mile south of Wendover, directly beside the A413 towards
Our survey indicated that the farm buildings date from the late 18th century, making it likely that the farm took its name from the newly built turnpike.
The revised route of the proposed HS2, published in January 2012, shows that
Research showed that the history of the farm ties together threads from Wendover's medieval open fields, the building of the turnpike, the enclosure of 1795, the Rothschild purchases of the 19th century ad the agricultural decline of the 20th. The historic value of the farm buildings themselves was less easy to assess because of overgrowth.
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PHOTO BY KAREN PEPLER