Information for record number MWA8380:
Barbers Farm Cottage, Hurley Lane, Over Whitacre

Summary A Medieval cruck house which is situated on Harley Lane, Whitacre Fields. The cottage is a listed building.
What Is It?  
Type: Building, Cruck House
Period: Medieval - Post-Medieval (1066 AD - 1750 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Over Whitacre
District: North Warwickshire, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 25 92
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Listed Building (Grade: II)
Sites & Monuments Record
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Source Number  

1 Barber's Farm Cottage is a Grade II Listed Building of 15th century date (though altered and extended in the 19th century), and is one of the oldest vernacular buildings in the parish. It was originally of cruck construction. A programme of archaeological observation and recording in 1998 revealed the south cruck of the 15th century cottage, together with evidence for later alterations. The earliest internal feature recorded was a 17th century fireplace and ash pit; the remains of an earlier floor were recovered.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Observation Report
Title: Archaeological Observation at Barbers Farm Cottage, Over Whitacre
Author/originator: Coutts, C
Date: 1998
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A Medieval cruck house, Over Whitacre, North Warwickshire
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 1998
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The exposed cruck frame in a Medieval cruck house, Over Whitacre
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 1998
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designation Listed Building Buildings and structures, such as bridges, that are of architectural or historical importance are placed on a statutory list. These buildings are protected by planning and conservation acts that ensure that their special features of interest are considered before any alterations are made to them.

Depending on how important the buildings are they are classed as Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II. Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest. Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. Those listed as Grade II are those buildings that are regarded of special interest.
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument ASH PIT * A pit containing burnt ashes. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument FLOOR * A layer of stone, brick or boards, etc, on which people tread. Use broader site type where known. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument CRUCK HOUSE * A house in which a pair of curved timbers form a bowed A-frame which supports the roof independently of the walls. back
monument FARM * A tract of land, often including a farmhouse and ancillary buildings, used for the purpose of cultivation and the rearing of livestock, etc. Use more specific type where known. back

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

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