Abbey Barn, Yeovil
The Abbey Barn in Yeovil, Somerset, England was built around 1420 and in conjunction with the Abbey Farm House. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. It has an internal length of 31.4 metres (103 ft), it is the longest barn in Somerset.
Until the late 1970s the building was an excellent example of a traditional thatched barn. Planning permission for redevelopment was refused several times by Yeovil Urban Council and its successor, South Somerset District Council. However, the thatch and supporting roof timbers were destroyed in the late 1970s by a major fire and following this, permission was given for the barn to be rebuilt into its current, stone-roofed form.
photograph by Ken Grainger