History of Alkington Grange Barns:
The buildings at Alkington Grange date back to the early 17th century and were updated in the 19th century when farming methods and principles were updated and improved. The red bricks came from the local Fenns Brickwork and are dressed with Staffordshire blue brick around the heads and sills of the windows and doors, especially attractive are the circular pitching holes on the upper floors of each property. Dressed buff Grinshill stones have been set into the walls and used to support the old door hinges and latches. The roof trusses and beams are of 19th century design.
The farm has been run as a Mixed Dairy farm in the Blantern family for the last 40 years, at its peak holding 200 Fresian dairy cows, of which 140 were milked. Only 12 cows at a time could be milked in the Parlour, which could take up to 3 hours, twice daily. Next to James’s Parlour itself you can see the old feeding troughs that date back to the 1920. Many large sandstone blocks are positioned around the farm, these were used as cheese press weights dating back to the 17th century, you can still see the ridges where the timber frame would have sat.
Due to the ever increasing pressure on farmers to expand, the decision was made in 2005 to come out of milking and look to diversify into something new. The land, is still farmed, growing maize, corn and silage and grazing cattle and sheep. Alkington Grange is also in the ‘Higher Level Stewardship’ scheme which enables us to put aside areas for tree planting, creating a new orchard, laying new hedgerows, planting bird feeding areas and keeping wide hedgerows to encourage the indigenous flora and fauna to increase. As you walk around you will see the new areas that have been created to help the wildlife increase around the farm.
Awards for Heritage-
Here at Alkington Grange Barns we are very proud in the fact we have 'Heritage Cottage' status from Cottages.com & English County Cottages.
"We are the owners and caretakers of these barns, we thank the previous generations of farmers, workers and owners who have looked after and cared for the land and barns that we now enjoy today and we endeavour to look after and care for these grounds and barns for future generations to also enjoy".