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Croxley Great Barn

Croxley Great Barn, near Rickmansworth, is one of the surviving barns originally built for to St. Alban’s Abbey towards the end of the thirteenth century.

It is currently being restored with the support of a Friends Trust, the Three Rivers Museum and the London Group of the SPAB. Visits are arranged for the last Saturday of the month, April to September. (See the museum’s calendar for details)

The barn has a number of unusual features including sling-braces (opposite), a contemporary wagon porch and no exit opposite the entrance to the midstrey. (The threshing floor is reputed to be large enough to allow a cart to be turned round and exit through the porch where it entered)

In the foreground a sling-brace supporting the aisle purlin in the middle of a bay.
In the background a passing brace from  a wall-post to the tie-beam.