Saturday 14th October 2017, 1.45pm for prompt start at 2.00pm.
Harmondsworth Great Barn, Manor Court, Harmondsworth, UB7 0AQ
Members only: A Special Saturday as the Barn is to be opened exclusively to DBRG members on that day.
Cost: £4.00 which includes a contribution to the upkeep of this historic property plus tea/coffee/biscuits.
If you would like to attend: please contact Carol Coyne by email phone 01932 226374 (so we can make sure there is enough biscuits to go round!) However, there is no limit on numbers, so if you turn up on the day, that's fine too.
"A great masterpiece of medieval carpentry." "The best preserved building of its type." To appreciate it, all you have to do is to go to the end, turn around, and look back. In front of you rises a massive pair of posts, part of an intricate and elegant truss. Beyond is another, then another and another. Eventually, sixty yards away, is a pool of light. The last door is open and the sun puts light at the end of the tunnel. The rhythm of the repetition adds an almost hypnotic grandeur and beauty to the view. It is the same fluency that you can see in many an English cathedral. Indeed it has often been called the "Cathedral of Middlesex".
It is 190ft long, the second longest in the country (the largest is Frindsbury Barn in Kent). It has been tree-ring dated to 1426. At this time you would expect crown posts, but it is quite innovative.
Our Guides: Martin Higgins (DBRG Chairman), Rod Wild and Alan Boyd (Barn volunteer) will be telling us about the barn, its construction and history.
Harmondsworth: Despite being sandwiched between Heathrow and the M4, it retains a village feel. The Parish Church is next door to the barn and we hope to include it in visit. It has Saxon fragments, a fine Norman door and a crown-post roof.
Facilities: There are 2 pubs within 200m of the Barn, both of which serve food if you would like to lunch before the tour. There are no toilets on site but the Five Bells pub is happy for Barn visitors to use theirs.
Directions: Although out of the county, Harmondsworth is easily accessible via the M25. The traffic on the motorway and in the Heathrow area can be slow moving so it may be as well to leave a little extra time. However, traffic is rarely at a standstill.
NB: There is no access from the M4.
You need to leave the M25 at Junction 14, then take the A3113 and A3044 around the airport and into Harmondsworth. The Barn is easy to spot.
Parking: Free parking in the English Heritage car park behind the Barn.
©DBRG October 2017