The future of one of Birmingham’s oldest buildings has been safeguarded with a £530,000 restoration project.
Work to repair fire damage at the 400-year-old timber-framed Bells Farm in Druids Heath will begin in the autumn and is expected to be completed by next summer.
More than half of the cost is being met by English Heritage, with one of the organisation’s largest single grants awarded in Birmingham.
The remainder of the funding has been guaranteed by Birmingham City Council and the project will enable the building to be taken off a national at-risk register.
There was evidence of construction on the site in the 12th century with a local rumour that the first farm was built by an archer returning from the Battle of Agincourt. But the current building dates from the 17th century.
In the 1960s, Bells Farm was left virtually marooned by construction of the vast Druids Heath council housing estate.
Most of the building is in use as a community centre, but the rear of the structure was severely damaged by fire five years ago and is empty.
Cabinet culture member Martin Mullaney (Lib Dem Moseley & Kings Heath) said: “This is one of the most important timber framed buildings in Birmingham.
“We are determined to safeguard its future and remove it from English Heritage’s register of buildings at risk.”