Saxon Tithe Barn

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Saxon Tithe Barn
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Saxon Tithe Barn in Bradford-on-Avon
Saxon Tithe Barn is located in Wiltshire
Saxon Tithe Barn
Saxon Tithe Barn
 Saxon Tithe Barn shown within Wiltshire
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRADFORD-ON-AVON
Postcode district BA15
Dialling code 01225
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Chippenham
List of places
UK
England
Wiltshire

Coordinates: 51°20′49″N 2°15′04″W / 51.3469°N 2.2510°W / 51.3469; -2.2510

Saxon Tithe Barn is a barn in Bradford-on Avon. It was part of a medieval farmstead belonging to Shaftesbury Abbey, and was built in the early 14th century, with a granary dated to about 1400.[1] In the 1980s, the barn was a filming location for the TV series Robin of Sherwood, doubling as Nottingham Castle's great hall. It is owned and protected by English Heritage.

Geography[edit]

The tithe barn is located on the southern side of Bradford-on Avon in West Wiltshire, to the southeast of Bath. This structure along with the Priory and Priory Lodge are in a cluster.[2] A path along the bank of the water way of the Kennet and Avon Canal leads to the location of the barn.[3]

History[edit]

The Tithe Barn is a 14th-century building, now a grade II listed building in Bradford-on Avon (listed on 18 April 1952 and later amended on 23 August 1974[2]). It originally belonged to the nuns of the Shaftesbury Abbey, which is near by. It was used for storage of tithes, during the Middle Ages. A charge of 10% was levied on the landlords who wished to store their farm produce here.[3] In the 1980s, the barn was a filming location for the cult TV series Robin of Sherwood, doubling as Nottingham Castle's great hall.[4]

The interior

Features[edit]

The Tithe Barn of Bradford on Avon is a large barn. It was earlier known as Priory Barn, as it was located on the grounds of the priory. It is a Late medieval structure which has undergone refurbishing over the years. It is a double storied building built in rubble stone masonry and has a tiled roof. Two stage buttresses on the south east part of the building, that faces the garden, divides it into eight bays.[2]

The buttresses have weather mouldings. The buttress on the left hand corner is a single-stage angular buttress. The entire structure is founded over a raised plinth. The façade of the doorway, built in stone, has sharp arches which are "flattened"; such a depiction is seen in the first, third and sixth bays from the left. The wooden doors in the bays have vertical strips which are moulded. Windows are at two levels. At the two gabled ends of the building, a square ashlar stack is seen at the apex at one end and a carved saddle stone at the other end. The building is built above road level, and the main door way facing the road is in "flat-arched" shape and is located to a side on the left.[2] The attraction for visitors is the interior of the barn which has wooden-vaults, and the roof which is made of stone tiles. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tithe Barn". Bradfordonavon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tithe Barn". Images of England. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Elise 2010, p. 323.
  4. ^ "Retrospective: Robin of Sherwood". BBC Wiltshire. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 

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