Record Details

NHER Number:39809
Type of record:Building
Name:The Great Barn


A large threshing barn designed by Samuel Wyatt in the neo-Classical style and built in about 1790. The barn has four pediemented porches, and high level lunette windows. The barn was used for the Holkham sheep shearings.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 88999 41399
Map Sheet:TF84SE

Full description

May 1983. Listed, Grade II*.
Threshing barn of five steads, about 1790 by Wyatt. Austere neo-Classical style. Gault brick with slate roof. Two pedimented porches on each long wall mark the cart doors. Gables pedimented. Door openings round-headed. Single storey sheds form courtyard around. High level lunettes, some with brick honeycomb vents. Circular openings in main gables. Dentilled cornice.
Information from (S1).
There were also cast iron windows; the interior is of red brick, but some smaller doorways are blocked in similar yellow brick to the exterior, probably Peterstone. Roof renewed but large beams remain that formerly supported lofts. This was the scene of the Holkham Sheepshearings.
See (S2) and (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 7 May 2003.

Previously NHER 1802 context 12.

Monument Types

  • BARN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1984. TF 8941A-C.
---Monograph: Wade-Martins, S.. 1980. A Great Estate At Work: The Holkham estate and its inhabitants in the nineteenth century..
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 423; Pl 111.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1049477.
<S2>Photograph: Rose, E.. 1977. BDD 14-15.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. [Photograph of The Great Barn at Holkham Hall]. 4 September.

Related records

1802Part of: Holkham Park (Monument)

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