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Stocktonbury Tithe Barn

In 1125 Henry I founded a priory at Leominster in Herefordshire. As was usual he granted the abbey various manors and lands. One of these was Stocktonbury. It may have been held as a manor with the abbot acting as Lord of the Manor or it may have been a grange of the abbey.

The Tithe barn, at Stocktonbury Gardens, may be medieval or it may be later. It has undergone many changes and repairs until its present incarnation as a cafe. Meals and cakes featuring mainly local produce are served in season. Check their website for details and opening times.

The barn itself is a four bay stone barn with anglian (triangular) loopholes in the walls and a graduated stone tile roof. The tie beams of the roof trusses carry raked struts supporting trenched purlins. The trusses have been reinforced by rather interesting modern “Tudor” style arches of sawn oak.