Architectural Significance of the Barn
The barn is a nine bay aisled barn with two wagon entrances (midstreys) facing
out to the farmyard on the eastern side. The barn is 150 feet (9 rods, 45m.)
long and 33 feet (2 rods, 10m.) wide.
The timber is all oak with some pieces of
reworked oak. The original framework, comprising arcade posts with tie beams
linked by arcade plates, dates from the mid 16th century. Arcade plate lengths
are jointed with 'face halved and bladed scarfs with the blades half housed at
the alternate face and soffit' scarf joints. The form of the two side aisles has
seen modification over the years. Redundant mortices suggest that curved rear
shores extended from the arcade posts to an aisle tie. Forelock bolts connected
later aisle tie replacements midway up the arcade posts.
The present roof framework
shows queen posts with a collar which supports trapped or clasped purlins.
Windbraces extend from the principal rafters. There is speculation that this may
not be the original roof configuration. The arcade posts have plain jowls where
multiple mortice and tenon joints accommodate the arcade plate, tie beam and the
principal rafter. The original roof covering could have been either clay tiles or
The barn contains many fascinating individual features such as
carpenters' marks, datum marks, shoring notches, spigot candle scorches, handmade
nails and original bark.
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