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Barns by Type

Barns are usually classified by regional type (Kentish, Cotswold etc.) by material (stone/timber) or by structure (cruck frame, aisled etc.) Unfortunately, few of them fit into a neat classification. For example, Titchfield Abbey Barn which was originally built as a timber-framed aisled barn, subsequently had one long wall and a gable end replaced by flint and brick, so that now from one side it is a stone, aisled barn, and from the other side it is a timber-clad, aisled barn with some brick walling.

Similarly, cruck-framed barns may have any type of wall fabric as the crucks support the roof independently of the walls. However the crucks are quite difficult to replace, so when they failed, they were often replaced by some other type of truss sitting directly on a stone wall.

Although somewhere like Kent has a long, unbroken stylistic tradition, in other areas styles and bulding techniques appear and disappear. For instance in the Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire area, “cranked or curved under-principals” appeared in the middle of the eighteenth century and persisted for about a hundred years. Not only does this structure appear in stone, aisled and post and truss barns, but there is no agreement as to its correct terminology.

In order to overcome these problems, I have chosen a number of main and sub-categories and used a “best–fit” approach to allocating the barns. I have also included a group of barns that were converted from other buildings, usually monastic after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Beyond these there are such classifications as “Monastic Barns”, “Manorial Barns”, “Tithe Barns” and “Prodigy Barns” “Lost & Ruined Barns” and “New Builds”. Obviously many of these fit into seversl classifications so I have tried to include cross references to help you find barns to suit  particular interests.

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Cruck Frame Barns

Barns near Alcester

Aisled Barns

Acton Scott Barn

Post & Truss Barns

Books about barns

Box Frame Barns

Alton Priors Wagon Shed

Prodigy Barns

Barn Conversions

Lost & Ruined Barns

Alciston Great Barn

Stone Barns

Barns I -  K

Bank Barns

Barns S

Brick Barns

Barns H Barns L

Mud & Stud Barns

Barn @ Studley - Warwickshire

New Builds

Aston Martin Heritage Trust Arley Hall - Cruck Barn

Wedding Barns

Cob Barns

Tithe Barns