The Cruck Barn is thought to have been built at the same time as the 1469 house. Each pair of crucks was formed from a single oak trunk split down the middle. Each cruck was jointed and assembled on the ground and then raised into position and tied in with horizontal members.
The Cruck Barn – Its History
This was originally a barn built in 1471 and converted into an indoor riding school in the 19th century and acquired the name The Ride.
It is a timber framed building with brick infill on a stone plinth with a slate roof. Internally there are seven cruck trusses. The lower part of the wall has brick infill in a herringbone pattern. The top level is open. The crucks have tie beams right across rather than just stubs tying them to the wall posts.
This building is listed Grade I. A Grade I building is one which is “of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.”
The brick floor was laid in 1976 to a design by Lady Elizabeth Ashbrook.
The midstrey of the barn now forms the gateway to the Courtyard and Hall. The barn is used for occasional events but otherwise is open to visitors to the Hall.