This large medieval tithe barn is situated at Ashleworth in Gloucestershire. The barn was built about between 1481 and 1515 by the canons of St Augustine’s, Bristol and used to store foodstuffs given to the church. At that time the manor of Ashleworth was in possession of Bristol Abbey. Currently undergoing restoration by the National Trust.
Directly behind the barn is the parish church, St Andrews, with Saxon stonework and one of the earliest known examples of a royal coat of arms. Together with Ashleworth Court (privately owned) these buildings have existed together in a very attractive location close to the River Severn.
Whilst visiting Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire recently I also couldn’t help noticing some windows. The Tithe Barn obviously didn’t have windows, but does have huge doors. Now that it is used as a café new bi-fold windows have been added so that they can be open during good weather.
There is a window in the stable block, occupied by a pair of white doves it seems.
But difficult to spot them from the outside in May.
Budding wisteria in April
turns to dripping wisteria in May, and yes there is a window there if you look hard enough.