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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1175825



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hertfordshire

District: North Hertfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Wymondley

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 27-May-1968

Date of most recent amendment: 28-May-1987

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 162763

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WYMONDLEY PRIORY LANE TL 2127 (East side) Little Wymondley

11/151 Tithe Barn at The Priory 27.5.68 and attached outbuildings (Formerly listed as Barn at Wymondley Priory)


Rectorial tithe barn and attached outbuildings. C15 or earlier for the prior and community of Wymondley Priory. Timber frame on stone sill walls (replaced on the exterior by old red brickwork). Dark weatherboarded. Vast, steep-pitched old red tile roof, hipped with gablets. A very large, symmetrical, 9-bays, aisled barn, 102 x 39ft externally, lying E-W in the southern part of the same moated enclosure as the former priory a little to the N of the barn. Later hip-roofed lean-to at each end, that at W open-fronted and linked to other low outhouses around a small court. An old wall runs northwards from the barn to the wall of the former monks' cemetary. Gabled central porch within the line of the aisle on the N and S sides of the barn. Later porch on N near W end, and part of aisle there enclosed and made open to the outside. Heavy square section arcade posts supported on peninsular oak plates on stone sill walls dividing the aisles into compartments. Arched braces to the arcade, long curved braces to heavy cambered tie-beams, 2 clasped-purlins to each roofslope of the nave each with heavy arched wind-bracing, the upper purlins carried on collars, the lower on heavy inclined straight queen-posts. Aisle-ties each with inclined straight queen-post supporting the clasped purlin. Straight tension-braces above mid-height rail in end walls. Aisle walls infilled by heavy studs and quartered poles alternately, not designed for wattle infill, so barn may have been weatherboarded from the beginning. Heavy flat rafters each with a mortice on the face just above the wallplate. Main longitudinal timbers jointed with unusual scarf joint of the edge-halved variety with bridled butt joint for the lower third, but the upper third extending down as a tenon into the middle third where it is secured by edge-pegs in-line. (RCHM (1911)149: VCH (1912)189: Pevsner 243: inf Mr. Farris).

Listing NGR: TL2188027928

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Doubleday, A, The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, (1912), 189
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, (1977), 243
Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Hertfordshire, (1910)

National Grid Reference: TL 21880 27928


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