Priors Hall Barn
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: One of the finest medieval barns in East Anglia
The barn is 124 feet long and 38 feet wide, and reaches 38 feet high, with a hipped roof and small gables at the peak. Internal construction is crown-post and collar purlin, with aisles on either side, divided into 8 bays. It took over 900 timbers to build the barn, from 400 individual trees. Though the original crown post construction stood the test of time well, by the end of the medieval period the aisle rafters were decaying, so additional purlins were added to brace the structure.
The wall footings were made of flint, but these were replaced by brick in the 19th century. The walls were infilled with lath and plaster and clad with softwood panels. The roof is tiled, and the porch gables have decorative barge boards. There are two gabled entrances on the south side, so that farm carts could unload their cargo under cover. A typical barn of this period would have had exits opposite each entrance, but there are no exits at Priors Hall. Beside each porch is a small door allowing access when the large porch doors were shut.
About Priors Hall Barn
Address: Widdington, Essex, England
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On a minor road 2 miles east of Newport, off the B1383 at Widdington. Seasonal opening, weekends only.
Website: Priors Hall Barn
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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