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Did you know that the oldest timber-framed barn in the world is at Cressing Temple near Braintree? The huge Barley Barn was built in about 1206AD by the Knights Templar , and stands next to a more recent structure – well, Wheat Barn was erected in 1256. Cressing Temple was the first land in England granted to the Templars, the holding run to raise funds for the organisation’s work in the Holy Land. These days the complex hosts events, including weddings.

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