Grimwith Barns


Once bitten, twice – oh, give it another go!  What seems a long time ago now, I posted a very similar image in black and white (I think that was a better image, in hindsight).

Apparently, the stone barn in the foreground is a repaired/reconstruction of a Viking style barn and is known as High Laithe.  By comparison with the more modern barn in the background High Laithe has a much steeper pitch to the roof and thatch for covering.

11 thoughts on “Grimwith Barns

  1. What a nice shot. I think I read somewhere that houses that originally had a thatched roof were steeper than other ones, apparently because it helped the rain to drain off quicker rather than soak into the thatch. Not sure if that is right, but your photo looks like a bit of evidence in support of the idea.

    • You may be right – though I’ve always considered the pitch of thatched roofs on houses to be relatively shallow. However, to pick up your point, it may have something to do with snow too? Weight of snow on high pitched roofs would mean the forces would be channelled down the wall – low pitched roofs would mean buttresses to take the forces.

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