Doulting Tithe Barn

Doulting Abbey Barn

Located just a few miles from Ashwick Parish, the Tithe Barn at Manor Farm in Doulting, is a superb example of our local heritage.  The barn was built in the 15th century, and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.   Tithe barns were used to store tithes, from the local farmers to the ecclesiastical landlords.  In this case the landlord was Glastonbury Abbey.  A tithe (from Old English teogoþa "tenth") is a one-tenth part of something, paid as a (usually) voluntary contribution or as a tax or levy, usually to support a Christian religious organization.

photo:  martin Bodman