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Barns of the Yorkshire Dales [Hardcover]

Bill Bryson , Andy Singleton , David Joy
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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Great Northern Books Ltd; First Edition edition (Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905080190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905080199
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thousands of barns are scattered among the villages, meadows and pastures of the Yorkshire Dales and make the landscape like no other. Stone structures of great character, they form a monument to immense labour in past centuries. Many have seen better days but cling on to life blessed with a long pedigree stretching back more than a thousand years. This is the first book to look at the barns of the Dales in depth. It falls into two distinct halves, representing the diverse interests of its authors. David Joy comes from Upper Wharfedale farming stock and knows many individual barns at first hand. He writes about their rise and decline, and portrays a year in the life of a typical barn before farming practices changed out of all recognition. He also puts the subject in perspective with a profile of each barn on the Wharfedale farm that he owns. Andy Singleton has been a builder in the Dales for more than twenty-five years and has worked on many barns, including several that have been converted into houses of great individuality.

He takes up the story by covering the construction methods and materials that were used to build barns, and then explains in detail how they can be converted into dwellings. The practical information is complemented by case studies of some of the most successful conversions, which make the book essential reading for anyone contemplating this adventurous but rewarding exercise. Plans and photographs - both archive and specially commissioned - complete a truly fascinating work that breaks completely new ground.

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5.0 out of 5 stars barns of yorkshire dales 28 Nov 2008
As a committed urban dweller who's visits to this green and pleasant land are as infrequent as a desire to debate the virtues of barns,my enjoyment of Andy Singleton and David Joys tome on the Barns of the Yorkshire Dales comes as something of a surprise.The book takes you from a broad historical perspective,to a passionate,and at times personal account of the unique charector of such stone edifice's. With a distinctly Northern voice,Singleton sustains the readers interest by siting various examples of barn conversions and restoration work,dispensing sage like advice about architects and contractors in a humourous yet edifying way.I have no desire to live in a barn butI have my favourites that I intend to visit just as soon as I can make my way out of the city ,and it's all thanks to this innately celebratery and innately charming book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing read 8 May 2009
I was delighted to find this book a pleasurable, humorous and most informative read.I do not agreee with "Building Surveyor" He or she describes the book as having "lightweight content". Surely the book is light hearted rather than lightweight...we are not all building trade professionals. I found the approach comfortably on the right side of the line bewteen informative and entertaining without being swamped with too much technical mumbo jumbo. I applaud the authors in their foresight to bring to the masses such a unique insight into what are undoubtedly major contributions to the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales....I wonder if they have considered a similar project about "Barns in Wales." I give the book 5 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for self helpers 1 Mar 2009
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Lightweight content with many pretty pictures but lacking the technical detail and pictorial or verbal restorational skills and techniques anticipated by the title.
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