Barton Farm

This was the capital farm of Shaftesbury Abbey’s estates in Bradford and the home of the Abbey’s Steward. The standing buildings date from the mid-14th century, including an immense barn popularly known as the Tithe Barn. Archaeology has shown that the West Barn was originally part of a barn from the 13th century. The farm consists of a square yard with the Tithe Barn along the southern side and farmhouse (with some medieval parts) on the northern; the West Barn is largely a rebuild in medieval style; the Granary on the eastern side is another medieval building, probably of the 15th century. This remarkable set of buildings is completed by a 14th century bridge over the River Avon, connecting the farm with lands on the northern side.

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