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Andrew Bodrov

Digital Building Blocks

Robert Bilsland

Ancient Wood, Still Standing Strong

Leigh Court Barn, Leigh, Worcestershire, England, UK

September 24, 2017, 11:39 UTC (12:39 local time)

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How often can you stand in a building and know that what surrounds you hasn't changed much in over 670 years. The barn itself is the only surviving building of Leigh Court Manor, and formed part of the grange. The Manor, and its surrounding farmland, was directly owned by the monks of Pershore Abbey and the Abbot himself was known to have occasionally stayed here too.

When viewed from the inside its most impressive feature is its cruck design. The roof is held up by 18 cruck blades, each carved from a single piece of oak and arranged in 9 pairs. Radio carbon dating suggests that the blades were carved from trees felled in the spring of 1344 but there is another train of thought that suggests they may have been built much earlier in 1325. All this structure creates a barn 42 meters (140 feet) long, 10.4 meters (34 feet) wide and nearly 10 meters (33 feet) height.

This place to me falls into the category of "somewhere I should have visited sooner but always drove past as I was going somewhere else". Over time other buildings have sprung up around it, slightly obscuring its view from the road. For something so tucked away it’s a surprise to find out that it’s the largest building of this design in Britain.

Leigh Court Barn - English Heritage

Leigh Court Barn - Britain Express

Leigh Court Barn - Wikipedia



Taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G fisheye lens. Mounted on a Nodal Ninja 5 panoramic head and R-D16 rotator atop a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. 9 bracketed shots (-4 -3 -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3 +4) taken at 6 positions 60° apart, tilted 15° down, another set of shots taken looking straight up. Raw files then processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 before being blended into single views and stitched together using PTGui Pro 10.0.17 and converted using Pano2VR 4.5.3.

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