Gibraltar Farm Barn

Gibraltar Farm Barn, Tempsford, is a Grade II Listed Building.  The official citation is as follows.

‘Barn, later adapted to store flight equipment for Special Operations Executive agents, and now a memorial. Early-C19 with mid-C20 modifications. Concrete plinth, weather-boarded and brick-lined walls under a pitched old tile roof. 5-bay barn with central threshing entrance, that to west blocked and with Crittall windows that are also in the gable ends.’

‘INTERIOR: Concrete racks with brick partitions around perimeter formerly stored the flight equipment. To west wall, a memorial: ‘Tempsford Airfield Gibraltar Farm I Erected to commemorate the brave deeds of the men and women of every nationality who flew from this wartime airfield to the forces of the resistance in France, Norway, Holland, and other countries during the years 1942 to 1945 I The equipment for their dangerous missions was issued to them from this barn’. Roof structure comprises 4 trusses of tie beams with slightly curved braces to walls and raking struts clasped to single rows of purlins with collars. Rafters joined by ridge piece.’

‘Listed for its historic interest and as a memorial to the Special Operations Executive agents who were kitted out from this barn before flying from the adjacent runway to missions in occupied Europe.’

Photo: Gibraltar Farm Barn, Tempsford, July 2017

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