Cressing Temple Barns (2), Braintree Location map
 
  View of the Well House, Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree, Essex, England   Cressing Temple Barns.

The Well House, built around 1920, covers the stone-lined well built by the Knights Templar and also houses the garden museum. The well is about 45 feet deep to the water level.

 

 

 

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  View of the Granary, Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree, Essex, England   Cressing Temple Barns.

The Granary with the Farm House and barns in the distance. This building also houses the stables and was built in 1623 as part of the complex that made up the 'Greate House'. It may originally have been designed as a maltings and in the Court Hall is the steeping pit for the barley and the Toilet Block was once the Kiln.

The upper storey was the drying floor used to germinate the barley before converting it into malt. This upper floor undulates in an amazing manner.

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  Photograph of Tudor Garden, Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree, Essex, England   Cressing Temple Barns.

In the Tudor Walled Garden is the Star Pool. The four spouts symbolise the four rivers of paradise, source of the world's waters, belonging to an eastern tradition extending back 4000 years and expressed in the description of the Garden of Eden in the Book of Genesis. The four bronze heads depict the Green Man, the vegetation sprite often seen in the carving and roof bosses of churches built in the Middle Ages.

Tha narrow water channel leads to the Lily Pool in the distance.

 

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  Photograph of Wheat Barn, Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree, Essex, England   Cressing Temple Barns.

Amanda stands by the door of 'Wheat Barn' showing just how large this structure is, or just how small she is depending on your point of view, and if you think that that is impressive wait until you see the inside.

 

 

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