This barn was built in the late 1960s by Elmer Gascoyne. John (Jack) Hampshire used the barn for his draft horses, riding horses, and milk cows. Jack loved working with his horses and at one time he had horses and tack for two driving teams. Jack spent nearly everyday hauling feed and supplies by wagon in the summer or by sled in the winter. Overtime, Jack got rid of his draft horses, his cattle, and his own riding horses. However, Jack still milked cows in the barn up until the early 2000s.

Although this barn is not extremely old it shows some of the innovations that barn builders developed over time. The barn is frame construction and uses a modified platform frame. The arched roof in the loft of this barn is created using glued laminated timbers. This is in contrast to traditional gambrel roofs constructed using wooden trusses.

This barn started off its days with red wood siding and a green tin roof. After those coverings wore out, the barn was redone in white hardboard siding and grey asphalt shingles. In April 2016, it was given red tin siding and a black tin roof by Pedro’s Construction Inc out of Killam, AB. The loft was repainted and a new floor was put down. Additionally, Pedro’s Construction installed stairs on the west side of the barn and an entrance to make accessing the loft easier and safer.

Hampshire, Murray. Personal communication. 7 Jun. 2016.


This frame shows the south face of the barn and the eastern half of the barn’s roof.


This frame is of the southern face of the barn.


This frame shows the southern face of the barn and the western half of the roof.


The new staircase to the loft is installed on the western side of the barn.


This frame is a close-up of a property sign for Jack Hampshire


This frame is of the western half of the barn and the barn’s northern face.


This frame was taken from the north looking at the eastern set of stalls.


This frame was taken while standing at the northern end of the barn looking west. This barn has five stalls on the eastern half and six on the western half. One stall is lost due to the chop box and original staircase to the loft. Many of the stalls had these wooden gates for penning cattle and horses.


All of the stalls have the original hay chutes still installed. This stall was used for milking cows. There is still a chain, which would have been used to restrain the cow while milking, connected to the manger.


Present day users use the barn for storage of their saddles and other tack.


This frame is of the south-eastern corner of the barn.


This frame is of the original staircase, which is not used anymore, and the chop box with its chute. This is located in the south-eastern corner of the barn.


This frame is of the top of the staircase on the western side of the barn.


The loft of the barn was cleaned and repaired so that the area can be used for entertainment.


The roof is supported by glued laminated timbers, which create the arched roof shape.


This frame is a close-up of the glued laminated timbers.


Aerial photo of the barn circa 1985


Aerial photo of barn early 2000’s.


Award for John Summers Hampshire, father of Jack Hampshire.


52.711571, -111.792792                                             NW 14-43-13 W4


Barn Condition: Good

Construction Date: 1967 or 1969

Features: Stairway entrance on western side of barn

Roof Shape: Arched

Paint: Red with white trimmings and a black roof

Decorations: No names or dates, white trim

Roof Covering: Metal

Siding: Metal

Foundation: Cement

Additional Information on the Property and Family

John Summers Hampshire and William E. Hampshire immigrated to Canada on the same boat as Harry Simpson, whose barn is also featured on this website.

“Hampshire Family History”. The Pleasant Country: Volume One Killam and District                                    1903-1993. 1st ed. Killam: Killam Historical Society, 1993. Print.

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