The building was constructed from flint and lime mortar. Granaries were usually constructed of wood and built on supports to keep the structure off the ground to protect the stored grain from vermin. Due to several alterations over the years it is hard to say whether The Granary at Northrepps was ever higher than ground level, we do however know that 10” beneath the car park area is in fact a cobbled area. Our restoration also revealed a second arch to the rear of the original building ( above the breakfast room) which would have complemented the front arch and which is thought to be lower, as carts required a larger entrance than exit, as they would have been laden with grain.
The primary purpose of The Granary when it was a Granary would have been to keep grain dry to prevent mildew. It would also have to be secure to protect its contents from thieves. It is interesting to note that natural flint and lime mortar allows a building to breathe and hence prevent dampness, even today.