This brief descriptive history has been researched and written by David Harding and was produced by The Friends of Croxley Great Barn in association with The Three Rivers Museum Trust: The Rickmansworth Historical Society: Secretary Ann Vernau, who have provided assistance, information and some archive photographs. Any corrections, amendments and additions will be most welcome. (To:

Photographers and others have been individually credited where known but we are in addition greatly obliged to the following for information, advice and permission to use writings or photographs:

Dr Martin Bridge, Stephen Castle, Heather Falvey, Mary Forsyth, Adrian Gibson, Len Leach, Roger Miles, English Heritage National Monument Record Centre, and finally the Master and Fellows of Gonville & Caius College and their archivist Gemma Bentley.

This is a private web site run by David Harding and is a repository for information from all sources.


1396/1401 Gesta Abbatum Monasterii Sancti Albani p 447

1793 P Newcome, The History of the Abbey of St Albans p 286

1870 E J Cussans, History of Herts. p 130

1904 D Moul & F G Kitton, Picturesque Hertfordshire p 33

1908 Victorian County History Vol 2 pp 379, 400

1910 Royal Commission on Historic Monuments-Herts. p 171-2

1912 E Roberts & E Gross, Biographical History of Gonville and Caius College Vol 4 p 73-4

1938 G S Hewins, Notes on Ancient Tithe Barns p 25

1953 Nikolaus Pevsner, Hertfordshire (Penguin, 1977) pp 58, 135

1966 G Bailey & B Hutton, Crown Post Roofs in Herts. pp 4, 7

1969 M Baker, Discovering Hertfordshire (Shire 1969) p 38-9

1973 Stephen A Castle, The Medieval Aisled Barns at Kingsbury Manor Farm, St Albans and Croxley Hall Farm Herts. Archaeology Vol 3 pp 134-8

1975 Chiltern Society, Sixtyfive seventyfive p 26

1979 Jane H Roberts, Five Medieval Barns in Hertfordshire Herts. Archaeology vol 7 pp 159-80

1987 R W Brunskill, Traditional Farm Buildings of Britain p 49

1992 J T Smith, English Houses 1200-1800 (The Herts Evidence) RCHME pp 176-7

2000 Dr Martin C Bridge, Tree–ring Analysis Report 25/2000, (Eng Heritage)

2000 Derek V Stern, (Ed Christopher Thornton) A Hertfordshire Demesne of Westminster Abbey Intro xxvi (Herts. University)

Local Journals and Periodical

1963 A Leach & P Rogers, Rickmansworth Historian No 6

1969 A Leach & P Rogers, Rickmansworth Historian No 18

1970 L C Leach, SW Herts. Archaeology Bulletin no 11 p8

1972 Editorial, Chiltern News [The Chiltern Society] No.42, p.7; No.43, p.8

1972 Barbara Brown Herts Archaeology Review No 6 pp 108-9

1973 Editorial, Chiltern News [The Chiltern Society] No 48 p11

1975 L C Leach, Rickmansworth Historian No 29

1976 G Cornwall, Rickmansworth Historian No 31

1994 Rickmansworth Historian Anniversary No 40 pp 18-25

1998 Richard Kearey Hertfordshire Countryside Vol 53 No 465 p15

2003 Mary Forsyth, SW Herts. Archaeology Bulletin No 78 pp 25-6

2003 Yesterday-today [Journal of Three Rivers Museum Trust] No.33, pp.8-9

2003 Chiltern News [The Chiltern Society] No.170, p.37

6/2003 D Harding, An Introduction to Croxley Great Barn (1st Edn), 12pp.

2004 Yesterday-today [Journal of Three Rivers Museum Trust] No.34, p.14

2/2005 Scurr & Partners, Croxley Great Barn - Feasibility Report, 90pp.

11/2005 R M Crump Ltd, Report on General Condition of Croxley Great Barn, 14pp.