Court barn on its original site before dismantling in 1978.
Court barn reconstructed at the Museum
Dismantled 1977 — Reconstructed 1979

This timber-framed barn was probably built in the late 17th or early 18th century. It had the normal arrangement of a central threshing floor between the storage bays. There is an owl loft above the entrance.

Regional map Court barn

Further information about Court barn from Lee-on-Solent

The farmhouse to which this barn belonged is now used as offices and the farmyard has become a car park. The barn, and a granary which had been added to it, had no agricultural use and had to be demolished to release land for housing development. The owners permitted the Museum to dismantle the barn, and its re-erection was completed in 1980.

The barn is similar in form to the barn from Hambrook, but is probably somewhat earlier in date and has a slightly different form of roof construction. Another difference is that the aisle only continues round one end of the building, rather than both ends as at Hambrook. The building has been reconstructed in its original form, with oak weatherboards and reed thatch.

An exhibition housed in the barn was established by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and illustrates the craft of the plumber. Lead was important as a building material, as well as in the provision of water supplies and drainage, and the exhibition describes both of these uses. Many of the tools on view came from a disused plumbers' workshop on the Petworth Estate.