AN abandoned 18th century farmhouse has been dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone more than 20 miles away.
The 1,170 tons of stone and timber were carefully removed over six years in a £20million heritage project.
The home, called Spain’s Field Farm before the £20million restoration projectCredit: SWNS
An abandoned 18th century farmhouse has been dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone more than 20 miles away
They were then pieced together at a museum to show what rural life was like in the 1950s.
And this weekend, the rebuilt house was opened to visitors — to the delight of Yvonne Forster, whose mum Mary lived at the farm in the 1940s but died before the project could be completed.
Yvonne said: “It’s a privilege. My mum was absolutely thrilled.”
The home, called Spain’s Field Farm, dates back to 1382, and used to sit in the hills at Eastgate, near Durham.
It had no running water, electricity or inside toilet and was in the same tenant family for generations before being abandoned in the 1970s.
It was donated to Beamish museum in Stanley, Co Durham, and its move was part-funded by a lottery grant.