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Gawthorpe Hall Great barn

My wife saw an article about a textile exhibition called Lost Threads” by Lubaina Himid in the Great Barn at Gawthorpe Hall. I have tried several times to get to see the barn, but it was always closed, so this seemed an ideal opportunity. We went and spent a couple of days in Yorkshire and went over the border to Lancashire to see the exhibition.

The barn was bilt betweem 1603 and 1605. It is a nine bay, stone built, aisled barn similar to the ones at East Riddlesden Hall, Wycoller Country park and Gunthwaite Hall. However it is taller than all these as the aisle posts are raised on eight foot plinths similar to those at Great Coxwell. The aisle trusses are rather beautifull with the wall ties having a gracefull curve, accentuated by the arched braces and raked struts to the rafters.

The exterior of the barn: The windows and doors in the gable are later insertions and the two wings are also later additions.

aisle trusses, notice also the shallow gradient of the roof compared with southern barns

central trusses

aisle posts & plinths

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