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HOOTON PAGNELL

"where time stands still"

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The Tithe Barn

The Tithe Barn

The Tudor Tithe Barn stands behind Hooton Pagnell Hall (not open to the public). This well preserved structure, which apart from a thatched roof is still in its original state, had a very important economic and social function, for it was here that villagers paid their tithes in kind to the lord of the manor.

Tithes would consist of hay, turnips, flax and various small crops, together with lambs, pigs, and geese and other livestock.

The parson would also be a beneficiary of the tithes, the privilege being part of his living.

Hooton Pagnell is a "Conservation village" and this has helped to preserve its unique character, exemplified by the beautiful pale magnesium limestone buildings, with red pantile roofs.

Several farmhouses, like Home Farm, are built to the standard design of late sixteenth or seventeenth century yeoman's houses, with the gable end facing the road to save space. Another theory about this design which is voiced locally, suggests that the gable ends-may have been deliberately built to face west to meet the prevailing winds from the Pennines, so leaving the fronts of the houses facing south.

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