Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn

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Not to be confused with the Grade II* listed Priory Barn in Newtown, Bradford on Avon
Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn
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Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn is located in Wiltshire
Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn
Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn
Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn shown within Wiltshire
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Post town BRADFORD-ON-AVON
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WiltshireCoordinates: 51°20′34″N 2°15′20″W / 51.3427°N 2.2555°W / 51.3427; -2.2555

Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn is a Grade I listed barn in Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, England.[1] It was part of a medieval grange belonging to Shaftesbury Abbey and was built in the early 14th century, with a granary dated to about 1400.[2]

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 and managed by the Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust.

Geography[edit]

The tithe barn is located at Barton Farm on the southern side of Bradford-on Avon in West Wiltshire, to the southeast of Bath. A path along the bank of the waterway of the Kennet and Avon Canal leads to the location of the barn.[3]

History[edit]

The Tithe Barn, dating from the 14th-century building, originally belonged to the nuns of the nearby Shaftesbury Abbey, the richest nunnery in England. 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]

When Shaftesbury Abbey was dissolved in 1539, the grange became a farm. The barn was in use until 1974.

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 Barn is a large barn, 51 metres (168 feet) long by 10 metres (30 feet) wide, which originally formed part of a range of farm buildings grouped around an open rectangular yard.

The attraction for visitors are the barn's interior, with its impressive timber cruck roof, and the 100-ton stone tiled roof. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "Tithe Barn at Barton Farm (1184239)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn". English Heritage. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Elise 2010, p. 323.
  4. ^ "Retrospective: Robin of Sherwood". BBC Wiltshire. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 

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