Manor Farm Barn, Rockbourne 1282



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Manor Barn (SU 115 183)

Felling date range: 1282-4

The original barn is of six bays, half-hipped at each end, and of raised cruck construction. The underside of the cruck blades are shaped at wall plate height to give the impression of simple imposts. Many of the cruck principals appear to have been extended originally to full height crucks and jointed at the top with a type 'E' apex (Alcock 1981, 96), whilst one has had a pack pegged onto the inside face to cover over a large dead knot.
Other features include steeply-pitched, straight, square-sectioned windbraces and a chamfered inner wall-plate. The arrangement of windows and doors on both ground and first floor suggest the barn originated as an open hall house with a floored bay at the north end and two floored bays at the south, however none of the roof timbers show any signs of smoke blackening.

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MedievalArchitecture Over 1 year ago
Its hard to believe such an ordinary looking barn would hide such treasures. The Gothic arches in the roof are of a stunning quality for such an early age. Carpentry in England only dates as far back as about AD1180. This is a very high status barn, beautifully crafted and engineered.
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