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History The stable is typically historically the second-oldest building type on the farm. Free-standing stables began to be built from the 16th century. They were well built and placed near the house due to the value that the horses had as draught animals. High-status examples could have plastered ceilings to prevent dust falling through into the horses’ eyes. Relatively few examples survive of complete interiors (i.e. with stalls, mangers and feed racks) from the mid-19th century or earlier.<ref>Historic Environment Local Management Website</ref><ref>The Conversion of Traditional Farm Buildings: A guide to good practice (English Heritage publication).</ref>

Traditionally, stables in Great Britain had a hayloft on their first (i.e. upper) floor and a pitching door at the front. Doors and windows were symmetrically arranged. Their interiors were divided into stalls and usually included a large stall for a foaling mare or sick horse. The floors were cobbled (or, later, bricked) and featured drainage channels. Outside steps to the first floor were common for farm hands to live in the building.<ref>The Barn Guide by South Hams District Council</ref>{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Clarify |date=__DATE__ |$B= }}


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