A spectacular 14th century monastic stone barn, 51 metres long, with an amazing timber cruck roof.
Read more about the history of the barn.
Before You Go
Opening Times: Open daily from 10.30am-4pm. The barn may occasionally be closed for local events - please check with Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust before you visit.
Parking: There is limited paid parking at the site (charge applies as it is not managed by English Heritage). The barn is also within easy walking distance of the town centre and train station, where more parking is available.
Group Visits and Events: The barn is managed by Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust. Please contact them directly to arrange group visits or third party events.
Facilities: The centre of Bradford-on-Avon is a short walk away, and has shops, toilets and places to eat and drink. There are also toilets available in the station.
Other Information: More information about the barn is available in the West Barn opposite.
Plan a Great Day Out
Bring a picnic and enjoy the area around the barn, which is next to the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal, and close to Barton Farm Country Park. The centre of pretty Bradford-on-Avon is a short walk away.
Farleigh Hungerford Castle is a three mile drive from the barn. Explore the ruins of the castle and its chapel, take the audio tour and pick up a souvenir in the well-stocked gift shop. Stoney Littleton Long Barrow, Bratton Camp and White Horse and Nunney Castle are also within driving distance.
King Aethelred 'the Unready' gives the manor of Bradford to Shaftesbury Abbey.
The nuns of Shaftesbury win legal control over the rectory of Bradford-on-Avon and its tithes.
Early 14th centuryBuilding the Barn
Shaftesbury Abbey nunnery, the richest in England, builds the tithe barn. Part of a larger grange, it stores produce from the surrounding estate for the nuns to sell or use themselves.
The abbey is?closed at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The domestic buildings of the grange become a farm.
Sir John Cam Hobhouse buys the manor of Bradford-on-Avon, including the barn.
1914Barn in Decline
Sir Charles Hobhouse gives the redundant barn, now in much need of repair, to the Wiltshire Archaeological Society.
1939Given to the State
The society transfers the barn to the Ministry of Works, which later repairs it.?
Excavations help to uncover the plan of the original barn and understand its history.
Learn more about the history of Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn
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