Hendre-wen Barn


This barn was built using crucks, large curved timbers rising from near the ground to the apex of the roof. When first built, about 1600, it had timber-framed walls but these were replaced by stone in about 1800

Almost every farm had a barn where its corn crop was stored and threshed over winter. After being unloaded through the wide doors, the corn was threshed by hand with a flail and then the ears were separated from the chaff by throwing the corn up in the through-draught provided by the open doors.

Also in about 1800, the original single bay to one side of the threshing floor was turned into a cow-house, a common feature in north-east and central Wales.


Building facts:

  • Original Location: Hendre Wen, Llanrwst, Gwynedd (Caernarfonshire)
  • Date originally built: c.1600
  • Dismantled & rebuilt at St Fagans: 1972/1977
  • Opened to the public: 1982
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