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St. Radegund’s Abbey, Kent

There are two barns at St Radegund’s Abbey. The larger or ‘Major’ was probably the great Guesthouse of the Premonstratensian Abbey. It is a stone, aisled building, used as a barn after the Dissolution of the Monasteries (below & bottom right)).

The other is described by S.E. Rigold (Some Major Kentish Timber Barns) - Archaeologica Cantiana Vol LXXXI as “A short barn (about 70 ft. x 30. Ft) with five bays including central passage; its high aisles and deep, eccentric transverse braces, show it to be a late, but no doubt pre-Dissolution (barn).” This is now used as a holiday let (right). The ‘Major’ barn is still in agricultural use.