Middlesex, UK – The Great Barn at Harmonsworth near Heathrow has been bought by English Heritage for £20,000. After repair work the building will be open to the public in April 2012.
The oak framed Great Barn was built in 1426 and used to store grain. It is 60 metres long, 12 metres wide and 11 metres high, with 13 huge oak trusses. ‘The cathedral of Essex’, as it was called by John Betjeman, was put on the buildings at risk register in 2009.
English Heritage say ‘Grade I listed, the barn ranks alongside the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace for its exceptional architectural and historic interest.’