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Ken’s Great Barns

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Alciston Great Barn

Sussex Barns

Chilley Farm


Great Dixter Barn Sussex

Michelham Priory Barn

Saddlescombe Sussex

Weald & Downland Museum

Most of Sussex is on chalk which is not a very good building stone. Most of the barns are timber-framed, with either timber cladding as at Michelham Priory and Great Dixter, or cased in flint and brick, as at Alciston and Saddlescombe.

The chalk downland was ideal for sheep raising, but not for arable farming, so most of the barns are either in the Weald or along the coastal strip, where ersosion of the down has created a fine tilth suitable for crops.

Because of its mild climate and proximity to the continent it was one of the first areas to be settled by invaders, so this is also an area rich in Roman remains and medieval castles.

Bodiam Castle

The Long Man of Wilmington

Farm Buildings of the
Dukes of Norfolk Arundel Estate
West Sussex

Bignor Roman Villa