We came home on the Saturday but to prolong the trip I suggested we stop off at Leigh Court Barn on the way home. It meant a bit of a detour off the A44 through prettyWorcestershire villages. B was getting a bit irate as I thought we had missed the barn but we eventually arrived. Phew!
We parked by the church of St Edburga's and what a lovely church it was. There are records of a church on the site since Anglo Saxon times but the present church dates from 1100 and was built on the site of a former monastery. The oldest part of the church is the Norman nave and the rest of the building dates from the 13th and 14th centuries.
I would have loved to have gone inside and looked round the churchyard but I didn't dare push my luck. Now, of course, I regret it!
Rather gorgeous hop kilns converted to become part of a house. Imagine living there!!!
The 14th century Leigh Court Barn is the largest cruck framed building in Britain. It is a superb example of English Medieval carpentry. Crucks are curved timbers that support the structure. Radio carbon dating has revealed that the timber used to construct the barn was felled in the Spring of 1344.
The barn was built for Pershore Abbey in 1345 and is the only surviving building from the manor of Leigh Court which in the Middle Ages belonged to the monks of the Abbey.
The barn is 42 metres long with 18 cruck blades each of which was made from a single tree. The trusses are nearly 10 metres high and span 10.4 metres.
Tithe barns had doors on opposite sides with the area between them used for threshing. If the doors were opened during threshing the wind would blow through the building to winnow the grain and all the dust and chaff would blow away.
On the exterior the barn is weather boarded and the steep angle of the tiled roof suggests it may once have been thatched.
Just look at the roof. I was completely overawed!
Farm cider making equipment
There was an interesting sign by this wheel explaining it was repaired and donated to the village of Leigh by John and Brian Roberts, village wheelwrights and carpenters. The wheel would originally have been used on a portable steam engine used to drive farm machinery.
Side, view over fields and rear of the tithe barn.
Entrance to Leigh Court
Least said about the journey home the better. The Worcester by pass where the road works are was closed and the diversion took you through Worcester City Centre. It took about an hour!!!!
I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera.
Leigh Court Barn Info on English Heritage Website