Barnton Farm Tithe Barn Visit
The barn was built in the mid 14th century as part of the Grange associated with Shaftesbury Abbey. It was used to store produce from the farm and tithes from the parish. The building measures 51 metres long, by 10 metres wide and is 14 bays long. There are four entrance porches, two on each side, with threshing floors between them. The raised cruck roof supports over 100 tons of stone roof tile.*
Chris said, ‘I was taken a back when I entered the building; it is simply one of the most awe inspiring spaces I’ve been in. The quality of the materials and the craftsmanship worked on them is evident throughout. The structure exhibits real beauty, and is an example to all of how great architecture can arise from the function and materials of a building.’
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* Information sourced from the English Heritage website.