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Barn to South East of Whey Curd Farmhouse, Wighton

Description: Barn to South East of Whey Curd Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 20 May 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 223466

OS Grid Reference: TF9435839180
OS Grid Coordinates: 594358, 339180
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9149, 0.8892

Locality: Wighton
Local Authority: North Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR23 1PB

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Listing Text


1122/19/190 Barn to South East of
Whey Curd Farmhouse

Field barn with attached yard wall and feed store dated 1803, with later alterations and additions of 1871. Built for William Coke of Holkham, in the style of William Wyatt, as part of Whey Curd Farm. Red brick with pantiled roof.
PLAN: formerly symmetrical complex, comprised of central, north-facing BARN, linked by a curved YARD WALL extending south-eastwards to a pavilion-like FEED STORE. A second YARD WALL, formerly linked to a matching store, extends to the south-west.
EXTERIORS: barn with double doorway to north wall with brick arched head to opening incorporating dated keystone of 1803. Blocked breather slits to each side of doorway, and dentilled eaves. Kneelers and plain finials to gables, that to east with owl hole and blocked breather, that to west with re-built apex. South wall with hipped roof to central porch, and formerly with flanking lean-to, now removed. Feed store with pyramidal roof, pitching hole at eaves level on east side, and doorway in north wall, formerly giving covered access to adjacent shelter sheds (now removed).
INTERIOR: barn roof of 7 bays, with lapped, dovetailed collars, and staggered butt purlins.
HISTORY: the architectural detail of this complex is typical of the work of Samuel Wyatt for the Holkham Estate, architect of the Great Barn at Holkham, who was working on the estate for Thomas Coke at this time. The symmetry of the original design was disrupted when the second feed store was demolished and replaced in 1871 by cattle sheds and shelter sheds. (These are now ruinous and are not included in this or any other list). Field barns were an essential part of late C18 improved arable farming methods on large and extensive farms. In them, the cereal crop could be processed, and the resultant straw recycled by the cattle housed adjacent to the field barn. It was therefore not necessary to cart the whole crop back to the main farm, nor to transport manure from the home farm out to the remotest parts of the holding.

Listing NGR: TF9435839180

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Source: English Heritage

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