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13th-century stone barn
Great Barn in Great Coxwell village is the sole surviving part of a thriving 13th-century grange that once provided vital income to Beaulieu Abbey.
Built from Cotswold rubble-stone walling, the barn is an impressive reminder of the skills of the Gothic carpenters and the wealth of the great monastic orders.
It was a favourite of William Morris, who would regularly bring his guests to wonder at the structure. Morris called it 'unapproachable in its dignity'.
As you stand by the barn imagine the grange as it would have been with a windmill, pig farm and dairy herd.
Please note, there are no toilet facilities here, and dogs should be kept on leads. Thank you.
More recent history
Second World War walk 14 September, 11am to 1pm
Discover nearby Coleshill's secret past with a guided walk through village, woods and parkland.