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‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign

The Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, officially launched their ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign today.

The Tithe Barn Trust aims to save and sympathetically restore the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn for community use, but we need you to help us. We estimate we’ll need 5 tonnes of locally sourced hand drawn Longstraw to rethatch the roof. You can sponsor a sheaf for as little as £5. Click here to sponsor a sheaf. 

The Tithe Barn Trust believes the Landbeach Tithe barn, near Cambridge, with thatched roof, brick threshing floor and timber granary, to be unique to Cambridgeshire and even of national significance. It is one of the few Tithe Barns in the country still standing next to its medieval rectory. Over 90% of Tithe Barns have been converted in the UK and their historic features are being lost forever. Sadly, the Landbeach Tithe Barn is in a poor condition and deteriorating.

Gemma O’Shea, Chair of Tithe Barn Trust Trustees, says “The Landbeach Tithe Barn is in urgent need of a new thatch and the roof structure and frame needs attention too. We feel the Heritage Open Days weekend is a fitting date to launch our Sponsor a Sheaf campaign. The Barn has been standing since medieval times and we can’t allow ourselves to be the generation that loses it forever. Please help save the barn by sponsoring a sheaf for the roof.”

The Tithe Barn reflects the agricultural heritage of East Anglia and is an important part of our local community history. Tithe Barns hint at a different side of history, not just the story of the wealthy. The Tithe Barn would have been used to store Tithes, a tax which was a tenth of all crops, the contributions being stacked in the barn for winter threshing and storage.

Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable object is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn, once restored, and education. We want to ensure that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future.

Support has been demonstrated for the Tithe Barn Trust’s planned restoration project through over £20,000’s worth of pro bono work to date. Support and interest continues to grow for the project, with visitors coming from as far afield as Edinburgh for our 2017 Heritage Open Day this Saturday. If you missed our Heritage Open Day the Tithe Barn Trust welcomes education and group visits, so do get in touch if you’d like to arrange a visit.
We’ve been working hard; however, we still need your help to save this gem at the heart of Landbeach.
3 Ways YOU can get involved;
1. Make a donation today at
2. Become a Friend. Click here to become a Member
3. Volunteer. Email to find out more.

Tithe Barn Heritage Open Day

Thank you to our volunteers and all the visitors that came to our Tithe Barn Heritage Open day on Saturday 9th September 2017. A brilliant day with visitors coming from as far a field as Edinburgh.

Plenty of Corn Dollies were made, so it should be a good harvest next year. An ancient tradition, as Corn dollies were made at Harvest time from the last sheaf of corn cut. The Corn Spirit was believed to live in the corn doll and was kept until the following spring and then ploughed into the first furrow to ensure a good harvest.

Medieval to Victorian

Treasure the Treasures on your Doorstep!
Saturday 9th September

As part of Heritage Open Days you’ll be able to transport yourself from the medieval period to the Victorian all in one day. Fen Edge treasures St Peter’s Church in Horningsea, the Landbeach Tithe Barn, All Saints’ Church in Landbeach and St Mary the Virgin Church in Fen Ditton are all opening their doors for free for you to enjoy on Saturday 9th September.

Funded by sales of coprolite, St Peter’s Church was heavily made over by ‘trendy’ Victorian architect Thomas Jekyll, a friend of Whistler and Pugin. See his work, an exhibition of his drawings and listen to talks. You’re invited to bring your own Victoriana and to dress up, or even try bellringing.

Then take the opportunity to see the unique timber frame Landbeach Tithe Barn for yourself. Tithe Barns are rare in the UK and this is the only remaining one in Cambridgeshire in its original condition with thatched roof, timber granary and brick threshing floor. Experts believe the barn may well date to the medieval period. Listen to introductory talks and find out more about how the Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, aims to save and sympathetically restore the Tithe Barn for you to enjoy. Make your own Corn Dolly or try your hand at traditional games.

Complete your free day out by visiting the nearby All Saints’ Church which has medieval origins. Have a go at bellringing, a traditional community activity dating back hundreds of years and gaining in popularity. Or visit St Mary the Virgin Church, watch a demonstration of bellringing, and then take a riverside walk along the Cam.

Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said: “At a time when many of our heritage sites, museums and buildings of cultural interest are under increasing economic pressure it’s heart-warming to see the number of Heritage Open Days events continue to grow. Our army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. We are keen to encourage people to stand up for the places that are important to them by bringing to life their stories for everyone to enjoy.”

Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the country; in 2015, over 4,800 events welcomed around three million visitors across England. Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission. For details and opening times, visit .

Landbeach Tithe Barn open 12-4pm on Saturday 9th September for FREE.