The Cross Barn


The Cross Barn - The Great Hall The Cross Barn at Odiham, built in 1532 and listed Grade II, is the earliest agricultural building built of brick in Hampshire. Originally the manorial barn of Odiham Place, it was latterly one of the principal buildings of Palace Gate Farm, formerly called Place Gate Farm.

This early use of brick (there are only fifteen examples of brick building in Hampshire before 1550) for an agricultural building makes the Cross Barn one of the county's most notable historic buildings.

Some idea of its importance may be gained from the fact that the roof is typical of the kind being placed over aristocratic houses at that time. and would have been an impressive show-piece.

The Cross Barn could only have been built for someone of considerable wealth and status.