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Rivington Hall Barn

Barn at Aylton Court

Newhall Farm Cruck Barn

Cholstrey Court Barn

Leigh Court Barn

Church Enstone Rectorial Barn

Arborfield Barn

Distribution map of Crucks (all buildings)
in England & Wales
(Archaeol  cxv - 1958)

No one seems to know where cruck-frame construction originated. Experts disagree as to whether it is indigenous or came from the Continent. From its distribution in the North and West, it is possible that it belongs to a Celtic tradition. It began in the Middle Ages and continued into the eighteenth century.

The method of construction involves finding a suitable tree with a curved trunk or trunk and large main branch. This is then squared and cut in half lengthwise to produce two matching cruck-blades. These are then erected to form an A-frame with a main tie-beam joining the two blades and projecting out to the level of the eaves. The roof is wholly supported by the crucks. Since the walls are not load-bearing, they can be constructed of any available material and can easily be changed. Thus cruck-frame buildings which were originally timber-clad may subsequently be cased in stone or brick.

Cruck Framed Barns

Sketchup perspective drawing of three bay cruck barn

Rivington Great House Barn

Notley Tythe Barn

Pendle Heritage Centre

Frodsham Barn
Tatton Old Hall

Hall Barn Farm

Unthank Hall Barn

Barlow Hall Barn