History

Coombe Barn appears to have been built in two stages, starting with the South wing during the late 1700s followed later by the West wing during the first half of the 1800s. Where Rachel has scraped away the muck in the West wing, she has revealed a cobbled floor.  A recent visit by the archaeologists who are documenting the barn, told us that the West Wing was originally built as quality or upmarket stabling for horses and showed us where the sides of the stalls were mounted in the floor. In the corner is a larger division that would have been a foaling box for a mare and foal.  The archaeologist showed us that the lintel over the window and edges of the beams had all been chamfered and the main door is rebated to reduce draughts, indicating a quality or upmarket construction.