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Waxham Great Barn

Waxham Great Barn in Norfolk was built about 1570, shortly after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It in fact includes materials from three local monasteries. It was built by the Woodhouses,  in a bout of rivalry with other great Norfolk landowners, like the Pastons (of the Paston Letters) who also built a great barn about 10 miles up the coast from Waxham.

Waxham barn is 178 feet long with brick, flint and stone walls and a thatched roof. Inside it is divided into 19 bays of alternate queen strut and hammer-beam trusses. The hammer-beams are sawn off ties. The barn and tea room are open to the public in the Summer. It is also for hire as a wedding venue.