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Paechtown barn 3

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This barn is adjacent to Paechtown house 3 & has since been converted into a residence 

Hahndorf Survey Volume 1 page 201


Hahndorf Survey Volume 1 page 202         











Gething's and the Paechtown barns

Hahndorf Survey 1, page 195

"The two barns at Paechtown are remarkably similar. Their main halls are each 11 x 6 min size and within this area are equal aisles of 6 x 2.7 m. Only the widths of the lean-to's vary [1.7 m and 2.3 m]. The main doors are located centrally on the larger sides and are matched by smaller doors on the opposite wall of the lean-to. This helped to facilitate a strong draught of air for threshing the grain. The 'Gething's Barn' is different in form but it still has a main hall 9.3 m x 7.7 m and a lean-to 2.2 m wide. There are large double doors on the ends of the barn similar in size to the ones on the other barns and a corresponding smaller door at the opposite end.

All three barns have boarded floor areas in between these two doors on which threshing and bagging could take place. The timber frames have varying bay widths in each barn. Some standard sizes occur throughout; for example end bays are usually 1.3 m or 1.4 m. The framework to the main halls are divided into three bays vertically and all of the end bays are provided with gable braces. Standard post sizes are found in all the buildings. 150 mm2 for the corner posts and 120 x 150 mm for centre posts. Similar sizes to the latter are used for the cross rails which are stub tenoned and pegged into the posts. 120 x 120 mm base plates into which all the posts are stub tenoned are set level on stone walling or overlarge red-gum piers.

The roof constructions are beautifully made. In the two Paechtown barns the trussed rafter roofs descend onto and are tenoned and pegged into 180 mm deep red gum tie members which themselves are morticed and tenoned into 150 mm x 150 mm deep perimeter beams. The central area of the main halls have their ties cut away so that the bags of grain could be 1ifted up and stored on the upper floored aisles. In place of the tie beams are 400 mm x 200 mm deep red gum shoes which take the ends of the rafters. They are morticed over 150 x 300 mm deep perimeter beams and are restrained in one case by another transverse beam running at the back of them which conducts the loads back to the aisle frames. The roofs were battened and covered with red gum shingles and the gables stiffened by rising braces under the rafters. The latter were boarded out with timber boarding and where they run over onto the wattle and daub panels, ingenious flashing boards and brackets are fitted to throw off the rain from the face of the building."