Monument record PLS 041 - The Red Barn

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Former site of the Red Barn, location of the famous Victorian murder


Grid reference Centred TM 0000 3767 (24m by 24m)
Map sheet TM03NW


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

18th C barn which was the location for the famous murder of Maria Marten in 1828. The main body of the barn had a half-hipped thatch roof, with a red pantilled lean-to structure on one side. This area appears to have been used to house cattle. There was also a tiled gabled porch covered in weatherboarding and a lean-to on the side of this was used for storing and threshing grain. After the murder people began to visit the site and take pieces of the barn as souvenirs. The barn stood in a ruinous state until 1842 when it was burnt down by an arsonist (S1).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Aitkens, P.. 2008. Boarded Finishings and Claddings on Late-Georgian East Anglian Farm Buildings.
  • <S2> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.
  • <S3> Map: OS. OS Map.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 23 2021 8:39AM

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