Stackyards and Stackstands
[intro] After the harvest, a considerable amount of corn and hay had to be stored until it was needed over the coming year. Some was stored inside barns, but the rest had to be stacked up outside.[/intro]
It was kept in areas called “stackyards”. Within each stackyard, there were two or three “stackstands” made of boulders set into the surface of the ground. These kept the base of the stack dry by lifting it clear of the ground.
After the harvest, the hay or sheaves of corn were piled up on the stackstand to about 2.5 metres (or 8 feet) in height. Straw or rush thatch was placed over the stacks to keep the rain off. Later, the corn was threshed to separate out the grain, and the straw left over would be stacked up once again, ready for use as winter feed for the cattle.
Stoner’s Barn and Martin’s Barn both have stackyards beside them. The stackyard for Eddie’s Barn is split between two locations: just beside the kailyard for Eddie’s House, and on the site of a ruined house further down the hill – you may have seen them already.
Building Y, the barn over the road, doesn’t have a stackyard, but there is a one next to the kailyard for McIntyres’ House.