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Medieval Tithe Barn found in England

The foundation of a medieval tithe barn, used to collect 10% of farmers’ produce, has been unearthed in Warwickshire, England.

The exposed foundations are 18 metres long and over 10 metres wide but it is thought that the Southam barn would have originally been about 40 metres long. A cobbled surface survives at the entrance.

Tithe barns were used to store the tithe – or a tenth of a farmer’s produce – which was to be given to the Church. As this tax was paid in kind, the barn would be filled with whatever crop the farmers had been growing, often wheat or barley.

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Story: Leamington Observer | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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