The history of Cruck Barn

Our historic Sutton Coldfield office is at the heart of the business and where clients begin their financial planning journey.

About us

A home away from home

Our clients are wowed as soon as they walk into the 15th century, Grade II cruck barn in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield. We have been here since 2009, so it certainly feels like home and a welcoming space for our clients to meet with the team.

Cruck Barn

How it was built 

Previously known as the New Shipton Barn and dating back to 1424, we’re located in one of only seven cruck framed medieval buildings in Birmingham. The barn has five pairs of oak crucks which have been dendrochronologically dated to the spring or summer of 1425. All five pairs survive to this today and each pair was formed from a single tree. Although recently refurbished, many of the original features have been retained.

New Shippen means “New Dairy Farm”, and the lease of it was a valued possession for John Verney, being the Earl of Warwick’s Receiver General at the time. Most of the land lay between Penns Lane and Wylde Green Road, but the buildings were to the north of Wylde Green Road, fronting the open common (now Walmley Road).

Some time in the 17th century, the 120-acre farm became part of the New Hall estate. George Sacheverell of New Hall mortgaged New Shipton in 1673 to raise £1.000. In his will, George Sacheverell left “his Antient Messuage or Farmhouse called New Shipton now in the occupation of John Dawson” to his niece Katherine Floyer, wife of Ralph Floyer of Hints.

When George Sacheverell died in 1715, the buildings consisted of a dilapidated farmhouse and a huge barn. The Floyers were good landlords, and soon the old farmhouse had been replaced by an up-to-date brick building.

Cruck Barn

A brief history


Cruck Barn was built from trees estimated to be around 100 to 200 years old.


Sutton Coldfield’s Borough Charter was granted by Henry VIII

Early 1700s

The main part of the Farm House was built and further extended in the 1800s


New Shipton Farm became part of the Penns Estate


New Shipton Farm sold, along with Penns Estate


The Farm House was extended and the new Farm Cottage was built


The Penns Estate was sold off and added to the New Hall Estate


Farming ceased


Proposals to refurbish the farm building and convert into residences


The farm buildings were converted, including additional new single storey residences in the ground of the farm


Henwood Court relocates to the site… and the rest is history!

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The Cruck Barn
20 Country Park View
Sutton Coldfield
B76 1TE