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When I started to investigate English barns, after our visit to the barns at Ashleworth and Middle Littleton, I intended to just research the “great barns”, but I soon found that they were part of a continuum. The Abbey Barn at Glastonbury is one of the finest in terms of structure and decoration, but it is by no means the largest and it is associated through the abbey to the barn at West Pennard, which is very modest indeed.

I also found I needed to learn about the open-field system, enclosure, monasticism etc. On this page are links to some of the resources I have used in developing “the bigger picture”.

Historic England has improved its search facility. You can search for a type of building in a particular area and for a particular period and email the results to yourself, or view the results on a zoomable map which also has an Ordnance Survey layer so that you can find the exact location of the building(s) you are looking for.

Historic England has also recently published a book on the Great Barn at Harmondsworth. This gives a full account of its building, structure, use and history. Click on the icon on the left to go to an order form where you can get 20% off the RRP of £20.

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