Record Details

NHER Number:60588
Type of record:Building
Name:Barn at Hall Farm

Summary

Barn built by the East Anglian Real Property Company, 1936–1937, and identified by the RAF as a possible marker for a Second World War landing ground.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 3235 3453
Map Sheet:TG33SW
Parish:PASTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

One of twelve so called 'red barns', built by the East Anglian Property Company in 1936–1937. The barns were painted red, and were next to fields which had obstructions such as hedges and ditches removed, to create one large, flat field. The barns and associated fields were identified by the RAF in 1940 as potential landing grounds for a planned German invasion. The farm owners, all Dutch nationals, were arrested in one night, the barns camouflaged and the fields obstructed (S1). The owners were later released.
The barn is 40m x 25m, and aisled, with two 5m bays flanking a 15m centre section, accessed by a sliding door in each gable.
The East Anglian Real Property Company were one of the pioneers of sugar beet production in East Anglia. Wade-Martins and Williamson describe the barns as built for the storage of sugar beet (S2).
Cropmarks recorded as NHER 38990 include elements of the anti-glider/anti-aircraft ditches dug to obstruct the field.
K. Hamilton (NHES), 9 February 2015.

Monument Types

  • BARN (Mid 20th Century to 21st Century - 1936 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Article in Serial: Doyle, P.. 1993. The Eagle May Have Landed. Airfield Review. vol 64, pp 23-4.
<S2>Publication: Wade-Martins, S. and Williamson, T.. 2008. The Countryside of East Anglia. Changing Landscapes, 1870-1950..

Related records

38990Related to: World War Two anti-aircraft landing trenches (Monument)
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