Essex County Council

  • Strategic planning
  • Business planning


Founded in 1137 by Matilda of Boulogne, Cressing was originally the English headquarters of the Knights Templar. The Wheat Barn and the Barley Barn date from 1137 and are the two finest Templar-built barns in Europe, whilst the Barley Barn is recognised as being the oldest timber-framed barn in the world. The inventory of 1313 lists a chapel, two chambers, hall, pantry, buttery, kitchen, larder, bakehouse, brewhouse, dairy, granary and a smithy.

We produced a strategic master plan and business development case  for the Grade I Listed barns complex which, together with its surrounding landscape, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The site is now open to the public and hosts many conferences and events throughout the year, as well as being a significant visitor attraction.


Cressing Temple Barns