Wessex Attractions: Ashleworth Tithe Barn

Ashleworth Tithe Barn is a 15th century tithe barn near the banks of the river Severn in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, owned by the National Trust. A four-phase project to replace crumbling stonework was launched by the Trust in 2020, complicated by the fact that the blue lias limestone used to build the barn is relatively rare.

Three species of bats are known to roost in the barn; the Natterer’s bat, the Lesser Horseshoe bat and the Noctule. The Trust is working with bat experts to ensure that the bats are not harmed during the repair work.

There is an ornate round window at one end of the barn, which was designed to encourage owls to enter it – a natural method of controlling rats and mice.

The satnav postcode is GL19 4JA, and Stagecoach West bus number 351 from Gloucester to Tewkesbury stops half a mile away, by the Primary School.

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