Building of the Month October 2019: Melling House Barn and Pigsties, near Bootle, Merseyside

Dating from the mid 17th century, these outbuildings at Melling House Farm (itself grade II listed) are extremely charming and some may have formed part of the servants’ quarters for the house. The outbuildings also include pigsties and a separate barn. The former has a datestone inscribed “TBE/1652” and the latter, “TB/1660”. The house is thought to be of a similar era or possibly earlier.

The main outbuildings have a number of interesting details including large quoins and two-light double-chamfered mullioned windows which are placed high up on three sides, with a cart entrance on the fourth which may have been added later. The barn is built of dressed stone, also with large quoins, and has segmental headed cart entrances on two sides.

It appears that the house itself is used for farm storage and the outbuildings, pigsties and barn are all standing empty next to an active farm.

These fine listed remnants of farming activity really need a new use if they are to survive in good condition and could be brought back into use as accommodation or office, workshop or light industrial units.