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Rivington Hall Barn, Lancashire

Rivington Hall Barn is the larger of the two cruck barns at Rivington in Lancashire. It measures 105 feet 8 inches long and 57 feet 6 inches wide. It has seven bays separated by six pairs of crucks.

There is evidence of Saxon origin and it may date anywhere between the ninth and the sixteenth century. Although some authorities suggest it is the latter, the evidence of the axed rather than sawn cruck-blades suggests to me that it is earlier.

The barn was renovated and altered, with the addition of side aisles and porches, in 1905 for Lord Leverhulme. It is now a venue for weddings as well as regular Sunday lunches and antiques fairs one of which was in full swing when we visited.