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March 28, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Old barn

Old barn a

It’s amazing to think that this beautiful old barn is about 500 years old.  When I walk past I often reflect on what it has witnessed and the people who have used it.  There are buildings like these around the village that are almost unchanged from centuries ago; the names of roads and lanes often giving a clue to what was once their origin and their purpose.

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  1. kiwiskan / Mar 28 2013 11:34 pm

    Now that is a beautiful barn. We are definitely short of things of that age in New Zealand…

  2. Gallivanta / Mar 29 2013 1:24 am

    One of the aspects I love about your small island is the names.

  3. Sallyann / Mar 29 2013 8:19 am

    I’ve not done any family tree research in ages, but when I had subscriptions to a few of the search sights, I was always tempted to look up who had lived in such places during the various censuses and other records.
    I have a lot of ancestors who ran public houses and they were very interesting to follow though the times. 🙂

  4. stanito / Mar 29 2013 9:56 am

    Looove it! So pretty! Looks a lot like one I photographed in Barnarano Romano. I’ll send you the link asap I publish it 🙂

    Keep posting! Your photos are by far the prettiest I’ve seen in a long time.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Mar 29 2013 11:42 am

      You are very kind. What a lovely thing to say. I look forward to seeing more of your photos too.

  5. Bubbly Tee / Mar 29 2013 1:15 pm

    lovely barn. you can see barns from MY world at my new photo blog:

    http://kwipsnkwotes.wordpress.com/

  6. Michael Thomas Garrison / Mar 29 2013 9:04 pm

    Excellent view of an Elizabethan-style farm building! You are so fortunate to have this and other structures to admire on your daily rambles. As an amateur archeologist, it’s this sort of “historicity of the mundane” that first attracted me to the United Kingdom: History is always underfoot for you lot!

    In exchange for your shot of the barn, here’s the URL for a photo of one of the Turkish military trains blown up by T.E. Lawrence’s Arab fighters during WWI. I shot this and others in the gallery while retracing (in 1989) the original route of the old Hejaz Railway from Saudi Arabia to Haifa in Israel.

    http://maui-mike.smugmug.com/OtherDestinations-1/The-Hejaz-Railway-Saudi-Arabia/23592499_Nr7j9N#!i=1908646010&k=8Z7SRPp

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Mar 29 2013 9:51 pm

      Thanks for that. Stunning photos and what a fantastic trip that must have been.

      You are right about history being ‘underfoot’ in the UK. It’s very easy for us to take it all for granted.

  7. Sherri Stone / Mar 30 2013 1:09 am

    I’m in awe. I love barns and of course around here they aren’t anywhere near as old as yours:-) One day I hope to tour the UK and Ireland too. I may blow up my computer with all of the images I will make…one day!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Mar 30 2013 2:13 pm

      I hope you make it to the UK and Ireland and it’s all you hope for. Personally I think it’s great but the I would. My recommendation is see the sights in London but save time for the rest of the country. London isn’t Britain, just like New York isn’t the States and so many visitors miss a great experience and a warm welcome.

      • Sherri Stone / Mar 31 2013 12:54 pm

        I would have to experience the country since I’m not really a city girl at all. Thanks for the advice!

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Mar 31 2013 1:07 pm

        It’s definitely worth seeing the sights but so many visitors miss the real Britain; fabulous coast, walks in the countryside, a couple of pints in the pub and friendly people.

  8. andelieya 安德洌雅 (official) / Mar 30 2013 4:05 am

    Hauntingly beautiful!

  9. John / Mar 30 2013 6:42 am

    Great building, and you captured it very well — nice shot!

  10. Eugene C Scott / Mar 30 2013 3:36 pm

    We don’t have that kind of moss here in semiarid Colorado. It is beautiful. Thanks for visiting and liking my blog.

  11. Kathy / Mar 30 2013 5:47 pm

    When visiting Europe, it’s always amazing to realize how old so many things are. Those of us from the US have trouble imagining 500 year old barns.

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