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Barn at Bar Farm, Laxton

Laxton in Nottinghamshire is the only ‘open field’ village in Europe still operating this ancient system. However it is not a museum, but a working agricultural village such as existed throughout England during the Middle Ages. The buildings have been updated throughout their history and most of the barns in the village date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The farmer at Bar Farm allowed me to photograph his brick-built, three bay barn. Notice the diamond pattern ventilation holes in the gable. The barn is still in agricultural use, now housing a grain dryer.