"Best preserved medieval timber barn in England" bought by English Heritage

English Heritage has purchased Harmondsworth Barn, the "Cathedral of Middlesex," for UK£20,000. The barn, originally used for storing grain, "resembles the nave of a large church." It was built in 1426. (photo)

Harmondsworth Barn was constructed by the Bishop of Winchester as part of his estate in West London. The building "has 13 huge oak trusses which rest on stone blocks holding up the roof and the timber and stones bear the original carpenter and mason marks." English Heritage purchased the site to save it from neglect and decay