GREAT MANSON BARN; LARGE BARN AT GREAT MANSON

Site Details



NPRN
402640
Map Reference
SO41NE
Grid Reference
SO49871554
Unitary (Local) Authority
Monmouthshire
Old County
Monmouthshire
Community
Monmouth
Type of Site
BARN
Broad Class
Agriculture and Subsistence
Period
Medieval;Post Medieval

Site Description

A stone-built range of late-medieval origin adapted and extended in later C18th as a barn. The hall and cross-passage survive from the medieval range but the upper and lower end bays have been lost. The early timberwork has been swept away but the pointed doorways of the cross-passage are undoubtedly (late) medieval domestic work. A large lateral hall fireplace survives with a most impressive stone lintel. The stonework is much disturbed by C18th reworking and it is not clear if (as seems likely) the lateral fireplace is a modification. The surviving wall-beams of the ceiling are certainly post-medieval and relate to an odd cross-wall with first-floor fireplace that has been introduced at the passage end of the hall. The chronology is probably: (1) ca. 1450 stone-built hall range; (2) ca. 1600 hall ceiling and (if not earlier) lateral fireplace; (3) ca. 1760 adaptation as a barn with the building of a new farmhouse and granary (the latter dated 1763). Features from the last phase include the cruck-like interrupted tie-beam truss over the hall. Plans as exisiting in ER/MM/2002/84. RCAHMW photographic survey of farmstead (NPRN 305361) by Iain Wright. 'A Historical Report on Great Manson Barn' (Dec. 2003) by The House Historians has been donated to RCAHMW. (Richard Suggett/RCAHMW/RFS)

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