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Black Notley

This was one of the first barns I visited that was not open to the public. The farmer was struggling to repair his combine harvester, but still took time off to show us this lovely medieval, aisled barn of which he was obviously very proud.

It is a typical Essex, timber-framed aisled barn, with black clapboard cladding and a clay tile roof. It faces onto a farmyard with buildings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century clustered round it. Nearby is Notley Hall and the parish church.  The church is also worth a visit since it dates from the same period.

The barn is still in agricultural use, housing a grain dryer and other equipment.

The roofs of the barns tower over the other buildings
(the barn to the right is a later addition)