Tithe Barn Restoration

About Us

The holiday cottages look out on Grade II Sullington tithe barn.

This beautiful, ten-bay barn is evocative of past agricultural practices and community needs. The structural details of the barn tell of the evolution of farming from the middle ages when the stalks were harvested whole and sheaves stacked to the rafters in the barn ready for threshing in the winter months until the 18th/19th centuries when ricks and threshing machines in the field led to delivery of the grain to the barn in sacks and finally in 20th century when grain from the combine harvester was delivered to the pits in the floor of the tithe barn in vast quantities by tractor and trailer. Until 2002 the barn was in full agricultural use; originally for arable harvest storage, in the 1940s it was used as a cattle barn and more recently as a grain store again.

The main roof structure of the Tithe barn was built in 17th century, re-using the chunky timbers of an earlier medieval barn. Both the existing barn and its predecessor were impressive barns of their time and indicate that Sullington was a medieval settlement of some significance.

The barn was repaired in 2013 with financial assistance and historical advice from Natural England. Careful repair and sympathetic work by John Russell and his team at Timberstructures caused a minimum of disturbance to the original fabric therefore maintaining the romance, authenticity and atmosphere of the barn.

The repairs to the barn have really made a difference and improved the holiday cottage surroundings,  the lower rafters had ‘sunk’ onto the walls and were only just being held in place by the purlins – the whole roof was on the verge of collapse! The repairs have made the barn structure safe for several generations to come and given the barn a new lease of life as an event venue.

Gail KittleTithe Barn Restoration