The barns in this group are not barns that have been converted into dwellings, but earlier buildings that were converted into barns.
When Henry VIII dissolved the Monasteries and sold off their lands, the new owners often found themselves with large buildings which could no longer be used for their original purpose. The Churches were all dismantled so that they could no longer be used, but the large communal refectories and guest houses still had their roofs intact.
With very little work, they could be converted into barns. All the buildings on this page started off as high status buildings which were later utilised to store and process crops.