Description: Abbey Barn
Date Listed: 19 March 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 261407
OS Grid Reference: ST5366416240
OS Grid Coordinates: 353664, 116240
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9437, -2.6609
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ST51NW YEOVIL CP PRESTON ROAD (North side)
(formerly listed as
19.3.51 Tithe Barn)
Barn (now building contractors showroom and store) apparently c1420,
contemporary with, (and set close at right angles to Abbey Farm Farmhouse. Local
stone, squared and tooled, with stone tiled roof set between coped gables.
10-bays, marked by double offset buttresses and projecting porches to North and
South flanks. Ends have centre and diagonal buttresses. Porches have diagonal
buttresses, with high double doors and wicket entrances set in two centre arches
double chamfered with no capitals or abaci; long unglazed slit windows to each
bay. Plinth to all walls, finials to gables. Later Tudor door added in
South-west corner. Interior now much obscured by independant structure erected
for present use, but roof is clearly visible. The trusses are raised crucks,
morticed and tenoned at apex, (with additional truses at gable ends); a form of
jointed cruck, with 4-rows of trenched purlins, the lowest almost on the head of
the wall (the walls are headed with well cut stone and the rafters end clear of
the wall). Curved windbraces to two lower panels, frame oak and elm, rafters
modern (roof slightly damaged by bomb in 1940). At 31.4 metres inside, the
longest barn in Somerset, (see Country Life Vol. 112 p. 1117 and Buckler
drawing, Taunton Museum). Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Listing NGR: ST5366416240
Source: English Heritage
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