BIG BARN.

The Big Barn is much earlier than the existing farmhouse and dates from the seventeenth century.

Note in particular the construction of the roof and the height of the barn. The barn was used

for storing sheaves of corn, cut during the autumn and thrashed to remove the grain during the

winter months. The barn was filled to the roof and the doors high up on the outer wall were used

when the lower levels were filled. If you look carefully you can still see the marks of hayforks

on the high cross beams, made when the sheaves were piled to the top.


Within the barn, on the left hand side are two alcoves with doors that lead to the outside yard.

Within these alcoves, and extending across the width of the barn, were two wooden threshing floors.

These were raised up some two feet above floor level. Threshing of the corn was carried out by hand

on these floors, using flails, during the winter months to extract the grain from the cut corn. The

remaining straw was used in the yard outside the alcove doors to feed and litter cattle kept there

during the winter months. Hand operated winnowing machines were used to blow and sieve out the

unwanted chaff and weed seeds from the grain afterwards.


The barn now houses a display of implements and carts, many of which were actually used on the farm.

The carts, wagons and some of the artefacts have been, or are being restored, by the society volunteers.

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