Great Coxwell Barn was a barn built around 1292 for a farm of Beaulieu Abbey. King John gave the Royal manor of Faringdon to the Cistercian monks in 1203 for a new abbey. Although the abbey itself was built at Beaulieu, Faringdon remained an important part of their income.
William Morris used to live near here and regularly took visitors to see "the finest piece of architecture in England". It is also called the cathedral of barns, partly because it is so impressive and partly because of the construction - medieval people knew how to build huge churches and Cathedrals, so used the same design - in wood - for this barn. The building is almost complete despite it's great age.
More information about the barn can be found at this web site.
Be careful with the door, one cacher reported that the door stuck.
In order to claim this virtual cache, find the carving (graffiti?) at the stated coordinates and mail the answers through our profile at the top of the page (ticking the option to release your email address so that we can reply). You will it useful to take a torch or smartphone light because it can be dark inside the building
Under no circumstances should you post the answers in your log or post photographs of the answer. You must physically visit this cache in order to log it, please do not abuse this requirement (I regret that I will have to delete logs that do not meet these requirements). When you email the answer then please remember to release your email address to enable us to reply.
1. What (famous) name with an Arts and Crafts connection is carved here?
2. What dates are with the name?
There is free car parking adjacent to the the barn in a layby. There is a suggested admission charge for NT non-members at the honesty box of £1.50.
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