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Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire

Moseley Old Hall is one of the houses where Charles II hid during his escape after his defeat during the English Civil War at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. It is owned by the National Trust.

The 300 year old barn was restored in 1987 and holds a display on the King’s escape. The House often has re-enactors who recreate many of the activities of a seventeenth century manor farm. The barn itself is a simple 4 bay barn with the midstrey in the second bay and possibly a stable in the fourth bay. It has simple triangular roof tusses with raked struts supporting the upper pair of purlins. There are some arched wind braces but many of them seem to have been removed, probably in the Victorian period, when it was thought earlier barns were “over-engineered”.