The Monks Barn, formerly known as ‘Netteswellbury Tithe Barn’ is one of the region’s finest medieval barns. It is thought to have been built in about 1440 to store grain for the monks at Waltham Abbey. After a fire in June 1970, the barn underwent major restoration, partly funded by English Heritage. It was restored to its original medieval form of 6 bays aligned east to west and the unique joint work (as described in ‘The Development of Carpentry’, by Cecil Ewitt) was retained and used in the new timber work. The Monks Barn is now listed as a scheduled ancient monument.
The Day Barn dates from the 16th century and has a calm and informal atmosphere which is particularly well-suited to meetings, training, away-days and focus groups. Both the Day Barn and the Monks Barn have been sympathetically yet fully modernised to enable them to function effectively in the 21st century as venues for a variety of purposes.