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Listed Buildings - West Barn

West Barn at Rectory Farm, Shillington Road.  The listing text is: Tithe Barn. C15 or early C16. Timber frame on sill of narrow red brick, dark weatherboarded, W side has exposed frame with early C17 red brick infill. Steep pitched roof half hipped now slated. A tall, 10-bays aisled rectorial tithe barn lying N-S on W side of farmstead facing E. Double doors in 3rd bay from each end. Raised threshing floor in 2 S bays. Low hipped extension on S end. Measures 135ft x 37ft, with narrow aisles and wide nave. Peninsular brick sills remain in some bays, carrying the sill plate across the aisle to take the foot of the arcade posts. Heavy jowled arcade-posts and jowled wall-posts. 5 studs in walls to each bay with one large tension brace to each bay cut into outside of studs. Holes in wallplate for wattle-and-daub infill replaced by brick infill with 2 rows of ventilating holes. Heavy aisle tie-beams and passing brace up to back of arcade post. Heavy slightly curved long braces to cambered tie-beams, and heavy curved braces to arcade plate. Edge-halved scarf joints with bridled butts in arcade plate. Single clasped-purlin to each slope of nave roof carried on trusses with collars and inclined queen-struts. Long slender flat rafter as if for thatched roof. Gable-end frame has central post flanked by a mid-height rail jointed in-line. Slender tension braces from main posts. Hip-rafters and collar link cantelevered ends of purlin.

The photographs were taken on a rare visit given in 2005, when we could see the inside of this fine building.