8th & 9th - Heritage Open Days
Winterbourne Medieval Barn
Saturday 8 September and Sunday 9 September – 12.00 - 5pm
Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering FREE access to properties across the country that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
Winterbourne Barn is an outstanding and unique building of national importance. All other surviving medieval great tithe barns were built by the monastic estates, universities, or the Knights Hospitallers, but Winterbourne Barn was built by Thomas de Bradeston in 1342, just a few years before the Black Death first hit in England. Only three barns of this scale are recorded as built by gentry’ families, and Winterbourne is the only survivor. The Barn was built using the green-timber construction methods which were the cutting-edge technology of that period. It is a fine example of a raised-cruck construction and one of the largest and earliest raised-cruck barns.
In addition to touring the Barn and its grounds, and neighbouring St Michaels' church, this year there will be an exhibition on Extraordinary Women - Stories marking 100 Years since the Universal Suffrage Act brought the vote to women for the first time.
Assistance and well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owner within the grounds of the Barn.