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Historic building recording at Spital Farm, Station Road, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex, CM9 8HR: November 2023
by Sarah Veasey

Date report completed: November 2023
Location: Spital Farm, Station Road, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex, CM9 8HR
Map reference(s): TL 94125 12765
File size: 24,762kb kb
Project type: Historic building recording
Significance of the results:
Keywords: Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Historic building recording, three-bay threshing barn, Victorian, Georgian, Regency

Summary. A programme of historic building recording was carried out by Colchester Archaeological Trust of a barn complex at Spital Farm, Station Road, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex. The structures recorded include a three-bay threshing barn, with a midstrey projecting to the north, three ancillary buildings and two lean-tos, arranged around a courtyard with a historic boundary wall. The cartographic evidence suggests that Spital Farm was built sometime between 1777 and 1840.

The barn has undergone some phases of rebuilding and consequently has differing techniques incorporated into its frame. The timbers used for the barn, both four-bay buildings, the six-bay building and lean-to 2 are mainly hand-sawn, some of which display signs of reuse. Despite the ever changing needs of agricultural buildings, the floor plan of the complex has changed very little since its inception.