Ashleworth Tithe Barn
Ashleworth Tithe Barn

The Ashleworth Tithe Barn is a massive medieval tithe barn beside the River Severn, built in the years 1481 - 1515 by Abbot Newland of Bristol Abbey. At that time the manor of Ashleworth was in the posession of Bristol Abbey, and the tithe barn was built as a place to store foodstuffs given to the church.

The barn is built of ten bays, topped with a slate roof, and supported by a lovely system of timber roof trusses in a queen post design. The barn is owned and maintained by the National Trust, but it is used by a working farm. Seasonal opening.

Unless you are a real student of medieval architecture, you may find the tithe barn a bit short on appeal. It is large, and an impressive reminder of how good medieval architecture can be, but it is unlikely to occupy a visitor for more than a few minutes. The setting is undoubtedly lovely, however.

Directly behind the barn is the parish church, with Saxon stonework and one of the earliest known examples of a royal coat of arms.

The barn's gable end
The barn's gable end

The timber-framed barn interior
The timber-framed barn interior

About Ashleworth
Address: Ashleworth, Gloucestershire, England, GL19 4JA
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On a minor road from Ashleworth village, 3 miles north of Gloucester off the A417. Signposted from the village green.
Website: Ashleworth
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Location map
OS: SO818252
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express


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