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'Wood' you help us tackle timber rot at Townend?

Fundraising for National Trust - North West Region

66 %
raised of £5,000 target
by 9 supporters

National Trust - North West Region

We are a conservation charity, working to look after special places for everyone.

Charity Registration No. 205846


Can you imagine what it feels like to press your hand against a 400 year old solid oak beam and feel it crumble beneath your fingers?... We can tell you, it's terrible! This is what we were faced with when we scraped away the top layer of render to check the condition of the beams that currently hold up Townend. 

This traditional Lakeland farmhouse was home to 12 generations of the Browne family, who cherished the house for 400 years. Full to brim with charm and character, thousands of people pay us a visit every year to experience this unusual home and discover George Browne's passion for wood carving.

So far rot has been found in two main beams in the oldest part of the house. It's daunting, and now there is an urgent need to remove and replace them so we can ensure that this Lake District gem remains standing long into the future.

This is a huge job but it is also a great opportunity to uncover some of the hidden history of the house - How was it built? How old is it? And how did the Browne's move a huge oak beam the size of a tree trunk into position in around 1600?

Please help us to secure the future (and the structure) of Townend for future generations to enjoy. If you can, please make a donation today. Your gift, however small, will make a big difference.

It's quick and easy to do, you can either donate online or text 'NTTE52' plus the amount (eg £5) to 70070.

Thank you :)

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