Tithe Barn, Maidstone

Tithe Barn, Maidstone
Location within Kent
General information
Town or city Maidstone
Country England
Coordinates 51°16′17″N 0°31′20″E / 51.2713°N 0.5221°E / 51.2713; 0.5221
Completed 14th century

The Tithe Barn in Maidstone, Kent, is a large two-storey stone building on the east side of Mill Street. It was constructed in the 14th century as a tithe barn for the nearby Archbishop's Palace and was later used as the palace's stables. The barn is a Grade I listed building and a scheduled monument.[1][2] It is home to the Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages.


External stair to jettied upper floor of porch

The barn is constructed of roughly coursed rag-stone rubble walls in six buttressed bays. The west façade features a projecting two-storey half-timbered porch with stone ground floor construction and brick infilling at first floor level between the timber framing. The building has multiple doorways at both levels on the west façade with many small windows at high level and external stone steps leading up to the first floor of the porch. The tiled roof is of crown post construction and is hipped at both ends with a gable over the porch.[1]

Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages

The Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages was established by Mayor of Maidstone Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt-Drake who amassed the collection of horse-drawn vehicles in the first part of the 20th century. The museum opened in 1946 and was the first carriage museum in Britain. Among its collection of 60 vehicles are sedan chairs and Queen Victoria's state landau.[3]

The Museum is open from May to September each year on Wednesdays to Sundays and bank holidays.[3]

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