One of Europe’s oldest timber-framed buildings, Grange Barn in Coggeshall was rescued from dereliction in the 1980s, when it was in a sorry state of (dis)repair. Now in the safe hands of the National Trust, it is one of the highlights of a visit to Coggeshall.
The barn is on Grange Hill to the south of the town, and has a large car park and plenty of grassy space with tables – perfect for picnics. The barn is enormous, and on our last visit was decked out with bunting. There are plenty of information panels, and old agricultural equipment, and helpful guides on hand.
From the barn it is only a short walk into Coggeshall. Go down Grange Hill, cross the bridge over the Blackwater – with photo opportunities with ducks and swans – and you’re close to Paycocke’s House and Gardens, a couple of pubs and bistros, and a wander around scenic Coggeshall.
You will find out more information about the barn at the National Trust website here – watch out for the opening times : it tends to be open afternoons from Wednesdays to Sundays during the summer, and less off-season. There’s also an informative unofficial website for the barn.