Barns were often situated to create a barnyard protected from the winds - these barns are positioned to protect from the northwest winds - the barnyard in the view below is south-easterly facing towards the road.
Below: The gable end of the smaller barn - note the large hay loading door which has been boarded in, now with a small window and door. Also note the hay-fork rail extending out the top of the hatch.
Below is an image of a type of hayfork that might have been used in this barn. It was equipped with pulleys and ropes running on a rail high in the barn loft. The fork would take the loose hay from the hay wagon up into the loft, loosely stacking it.
Image c.f. Googles Images