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Nicolas Revel
posted 05-19-2000 05:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicolas Revel   Click Here to Email Nicolas Revel     Edit/Delete Message
I am 29 and currently renovating a 13th century tower in Aveyron, France(that's it in my hooliday time as I am living in the UK. Like other similar castles/barns in Aveyron (10-15 of them), it was built by cistercian monks with a view to host a small community of monk/farmers and occasionnally the "abbe" and to store wheat,etc...
I was interested to know, if there had been similar buildings built on the British Isles?


Philip Davis
posted 05-19-2000 11:33 AM           Edit/Delete Message
There are indeed a host of such building in England. The general term for a farm seperate from the main estate was a grange and there are many monastic granges. Generally they are not fortified in a military sense but would have often been walled to protect from thieves. Some monastic granges were also used as country houses by some abbots. These granges vary greatly in size and have no standard form.
The finest surviving medieval barn in England the great barn at Barton Farm, Bradford-on-Avon was part of a grange serving Shaftesbury Abbey.
Wherever you come across the name grange it ispossible for it to have been the site of a monastic grange

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