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Birchley Farm Cruck Barn

Like many of the private owners I have met, the owner of this cruck barn is very proud of it. According to various sources, the four pairs of crucks were erected in the fifteenth century, though they may not have been in their present position. Now the barn consists of four bays, the original three bays defined by the cruck trusses with a central stone-flagged midstrey and a fourth bay which was added at one end, probably in the eighteenth or nineteenth century.

Even more remarkable than the preservation of the crucks is the survival of two purlins and two wall plates which run the full length of the original barn. Each of these is hewn from a single piece of oak with no scarf joints in the entire length. This must be evidence of careful woodland management either by pollarding or cultivation of unusually tall maiden oaks.