West Pennard Court Barn

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Court Barn
Location West Bradley, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°07′51″N 2°38′56″W / 51.13083°N 2.64889°W / 51.13083; -2.64889Coordinates: 51°07′51″N 2°38′56″W / 51.13083°N 2.64889°W / 51.13083; -2.64889
Built 15th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Court Barn, West Bradley
Designated 2 June 1961[1]
Reference no. 1175792
West Pennard Court Barn is located in Somerset
West Pennard Court Barn
Location of Court Barn in Somerset

West Pennard Court Barn (which is also known as the Court Barn, West Bradley) is a 15th-century tithe barn for Glastonbury Abbey between West Pennard and West Bradley in the English county of Somerset. It is a Grade I listed building.[1]

It was originally known as Parson's Barn.[2] Along with several others barns it was used to collect the due to the abbey. Of those which survive the barn in West Bradley is the smallest.[3]

The barn was restored in the 1930s by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings,[4] with the work being funded by Roger Clark of the local shoemakers C. & J. Clark[5] who bought the derelict barn for £5.[6] It has been owned by the National Trust since 1938. The upper floor has an unusual floor made of compacted earth.[5]

The rectangular five bay stone barn is supported by buttresses.[1] It is 50 feet (15 m) long and 20 feet 6 inches (6.25 m) wide.[7] The roof was originally thatched but is now tiled.[5] The carriage porch where wagons would have been unloaded is covered by the sloping roof.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Court Barn (1175792)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  2. ^ R. W. Dunning (editor), M.C. Siraut, A.T. Thacker, Elizabeth Williamson (2006). "Parishes: West Bradley". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 9: Glastonbury and Street. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Abrams, Lelsey (1991). The Archaeology and History of Glastonbury Abbey: Essays in Honour of the ninetieth birthday of C.A.Ralegh Radford. Boydell Press. pp. 79–87. ISBN 978-0851152844. 
  4. ^ "West Pennard Court Barn". Britain Express. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "West Pennard Court Barn". National Trust. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Lovell, Percy (1970). Quaker inheritance, 1871-1961: a portrait of Roger Clark of Street based on his own writings and correspondence. Bannisdale Press. p. 224. 
  7. ^ May, F. (1980). Proceedings, Volumes 123-124. Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. p. 32. 
  8. ^ "Court Barn, West Bradley". Ken's Great Barns. Retrieved 15 December 2013.