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Cressing Temple Barley Barn

The barns at Cressing Temple are two of the oldest, timber-framed, aisled barns in England. As the name implies, they were owned by the Knights Templar. They are owned and administered by Essex County Council and admission is free. Check the website for opening times and special events.

The Barley Barn (below) is the older of the two, being built about 1225. Originally they both had a structure composed of extremely long, passing-shores as had the barn at Coggeshall Grange.

In the fourteenth century both barns had crown-post trusses inserted, but they still retain evidence of the earlier structure.