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Barwick Manor Barns, Hertfordshire

Barwick Manor is down a narrow country lane next to a ford (no bridge). The lady of the manor was kind enough to let me photograph the barns. Apparently sixteenth or seventeenth century, they are timber-framed, aisled barns with clapboard cladding. They are typical of the area and it was nice to find an unconverted pair in such good condition.

They have rather slender aisle posts with fairly long jowls. The tie beams were chosen from curved timber to give extra stiffness to support the downward pressure of the queen posts. The lightness of construction and the steep pitch of the roofs suggests they were probably originally thatched.