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Unveiling at The Cross Barn will take place soon
THE OLDEST brick-built barn in Hampshire will be the latest building in Odiham to receive a blue plaque.
The Odiham Society will unveil the plaque for The Cross Barn, in Palace Gate Farm, at midday on Saturday, September 14.
The Grade II-listed building dates back to 1532 and was part of Palace Gate Farm, formerly called Place Gate Farm. It pre-dates the famous brick barn at Basing House in Old Basing by three years.
It is now used by community groups and also holds a monthly cinema.
Derek Kearns, member of the conservation group, said: “It is one of the most important historic buildings.
“The farm was on the map and Queen Elizabeth I would visit because it was the southern entrance to the deer park. Now it is a significant building lost in the middle of a housing development.”
Earlier this year two plaques were installed on the former Odiham homes of men who won the Victoria Cross during the First World War.
The unveiling will come during the middle of a heritage open weekend organised by The Odiham Society at The Cross Barn, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. Attractions will include guided walks around the village and refreshments.
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