17th century Threshing barn
This model is part of the new Steam threshing Display at Bishops Lydeard Mill & museum
This model depicts part of a typical threshing barn from the 17th century. The centre floor area has flagstones on which the sheaves
of corn would be placed & beaten with a flail.
The buildings were designed with a pair of doors opposite each other in order to
create a through draught which would help blow the chaff off the floor on a suitably windy day. the remaining grain & chaff would
then be placed in a winnowing tray & shaken & tossed to remove the remainder of the unwanted bits of seed head & straw
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