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Description: Whiston Hall Barn
Date Listed: 19 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 335733
OS Grid Reference: SK4473490053
OS Grid Coordinates: 444734, 390053
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4054, -1.3286
SK49SW WHISTON CHAFF LANE
5/97 Whiston Hall
Barn now derelict. Probably C13 or C14, altered and enlarged C16, walling
probably C17 with later alterations. Post and truss timber framing; coursed
rubble and dressed sandstone; no roof covering at time of resurvey. Single
storey, 8 bays with aisles. Exterior walling much altered and partly rebuilt
c1980; retains impressive gable walls with numerous slit vents to south end.
Interior: 5 bays at south end of earlier build indicated by several significant
1) wall posts erected in position of growth, transverse lever holes and
halvings for passing braces.
2) evidence of reverse assembly in aisle construction.
3) early joint forms including trait-de-jupiter arcade plate scarfs and
notched lap joints to arcade braces.
Roof structure rebuilt in principal-rafter form in C16 but original collar-rafter
roof indicated by reused rafters. The 3 bays at north end show typical post and
truss construction details of C16 date. Various added posts and tie beams confuse
the bay divisions. The barn is the oldest example of an agricultural building
in the county and the earliest timber-framed structure for which there are no
regional parallels to date. Comparison may be made with the Barley Barn,
Cressing Temple, Essex for which a date as early as c1200 has been claimed
(Hewett cited by Jones).
S. R. Jones, 'Whiston Hall Barn, Whiston', Archaelogical Journal, vol 137, 1980
P. F. Ryder, Timber Framed Buildings in South Yorkshire, County Archaeology
Monograph No 1, undated, appendix 1, plates 9, 10.
Listing NGR: SK4473490053
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Source: English Heritage
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