15thC The Bishop’s Barn, Wells, Somerset
Barn – the old traditional grain store ... from the Old English word ‘bern’, which meant ‘barley house’; barley being the main crop of the Anglo-Saxon farmers.
Barn - the first outhouse ... once the early peoples started to live in dwelling houses, the fodder stores were moved into barns.
A wagon loaded with corn would be brought through the double doors, unloaded on each side, then leave through the opposite opening.
The middle section of the barn had a strong wooden floor for threshing the corn; at the back threshed straw, hay, root crops and sacks of grain would be stored.
Beautiful Post and Beam Horse Barn
– Vermont Timber Works
(A rough-sawn hemlock timber frame horse barn
located in Weston, MA)
Later on lean-to sheds would be built to house the farm machinery, leading to the variety of farm buildings we have today.
Tithe barns in the Middle Ages were used to store tithes – one-tenth of the parishes’ farm produce was paid over to support the church and clergy.
The ‘British’ would have been influenced by the Romans’ way of life as they settled Limes Britannicus taking note that the army was self-sufficient and self-contained ... should you be interested to read more .. see this post: Friends Romans Countrymen –send me your socks!
That is Barn – B for a grain store
Part of the ABC - April 2011 - A - Z Challenge - Aspects of the British Countryside
Dear Mr Postman .. during April I will just update you weekly as to my Mama .. life is much the same as I spend time with her .. she’s smiling and peaceful.
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