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Cressing Temple Barley Barn

The barns at Cressing Temple are two of the oldest, timber-framed, aisled barns in England. As the name implies, they were owned by the Knights Templar.

The Barley Barn (below) is the older of the two, being built about 1225. Originally they both had a structure composed of extremely long, passing-shores as was the barn at Coggeshall Grange.

Later the Barley Barn had crown-post trusses inserted, but the Wheat Barn remains largely unaltered.

Above - interior of the Barley Barn
            with inserted crown-posts

Right  - Diagram of original frame

Left    - The Barley Barn

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