|The grand entrance.|
It's difficult to describe the inside of the barn without referencing how it developed, so I won't bother going into detail here. Just read back to the previous post if a year is mentioned here. Instead, we'll take a brief photo tour, with descriptions.
The main door is 3 metres high, so plenty of room for getting a tractor and trailer in. The lower 3m is stone, with the rest being half-timbered, with 14x14cm oak beams, brick and clay-based plaster. Luckily there's a small, person-size door built into the main door, so it doesn't have to be opened every time.
Upon entering, on the left, there is a small cellar that is not indicated on any of the plans, so we don't know when it was constructed. This area has a low ceiling, with large beams supporting a hay/straw storage area above.
|First small cellar on north side (left as entering).|
|Door to second cellar.|
|Inside the cellar.|
|Upper levels, looking north.|
Staying on the left side as you enter, above these cellars is large, open space. I'm still estimating, but it must be more than 13 metres from the ground to the apex. The space is crossed with hefty 26x26cm oak beams. I'm pretty sure another floored level or two could be easily accommodated.
|Upper levels, looking east from above the first level.|
|Southern gable of main barn|
The beams running across the empty space would have held up hay, keeping it aired, and there are boards lying around to be used as temporary flooring.
In the centre of the main hall is what could be considered a shaft, across which no timbers cross. A winch used to operate a hoist here, to lift materials to the higher levels. We'll come back to the winch room in another post.
The extension to the south, which was built in 1960, is a much simpler affair, being a lean-to in form, and consisting of an open plan feeding hall, with hatches along the southern wall allowing feed to be popped directly into the troughs on the other side. Entry to the hall is via a pair of large, sliding doors. To the left, there are two openings leading into the main barn.
|The feeding hall.|