Court barn from lee-on-the-solent

Court Barn from Lee-on-the-Solent

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 a pigeon loft above the entrance.

Please note that this building is closed due to filming.



Dates From

Late 17th or early 18th century





Original Location

Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire


Background Information

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.

Court barn on its original site before dismantling in 1977

Court barn on its original site before dismantling in 1977.

The owners permitted the Museum to dismantle the barn, and its re-erection was completed in 1979.

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.

Top 3 Interesting Facts

Court barn on its original site before dismantling in 1977

Largely Complete Frame

The timber-frame of Court barn has survived remarkably well, probably thanks to the weather-boarding and being well ventilated.

Thatched roof detail

Housing Development

The owners had no further agricultural use for the barn and it was to be demolished prior to a housing development.

The repair shop

‘Make Do & Mend’

The barn is recognisable as the filming location for the award winning BBC television programme The Repair Shop.

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