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Description: Tithe Barn at the Priory and Attached Outbuildings
Date Listed: 27 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 162763
OS Grid Reference: TL2188027928
OS Grid Coordinates: 521880, 227928
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9365, -0.2285
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WYMONDLEY PRIORY LANE
TL 2127 (East side)
11/151 Tithe Barn at The Priory
27.5.68 and attached outbuildings
(Formerly listed as Barn
at Wymondley Priory)
Rectorial tithe barn and attached outbuildings. C15 or earlier for the
prior and community of Wymondley Priory. Timber frame on stone sill
walls (replaced on the exterior by old red brickwork). Dark
weatherboarded. Vast, steep-pitched old red tile roof, hipped with
gablets. A very large, symmetrical, 9-bays, aisled barn, 102 x 39ft
externally, lying E-W in the southern part of the same moated enclosure
as the former priory a little to the N of the barn. Later hip-roofed
lean-to at each end, that at W open-fronted and linked to other low
outhouses around a small court. An old wall runs northwards from the
barn to the wall of the former monks' cemetary. Gabled central porch
within the line of the aisle on the N and S sides of the barn. Later
porch on N near W end, and part of aisle there enclosed and made open to
the outside. Heavy square section arcade posts supported on peninsular
oak plates on stone sill walls dividing the aisles into compartments.
Arched braces to the arcade, long curved braces to heavy cambered
tie-beams, 2 clasped-purlins to each roofslope of the nave each with
heavy arched wind-bracing, the upper purlins carried on collars, the
lower on heavy inclined straight queen-posts. Aisle-ties each with
inclined straight queen-post supporting the clasped purlin. Straight
tension-braces above mid-height rail in end walls. Aisle walls infilled
by heavy studs and quartered poles alternately, not designed for wattle
infill, so barn may have been weatherboarded from the beginning. Heavy
flat rafters each with a mortice on the face just above the wallplate.
Main longitudinal timbers jointed with unusual scarf joint of the
edge-halved variety with bridled butt joint for the lower third, but the
upper third extending down as a tenon into the middle third where it is
secured by edge-pegs in-line. (RCHM (1911)149: VCH (1912)189: Pevsner
243: inf Mr. Farris).
Listing NGR: TL2188027928
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Source: English Heritage
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