Timber Buildings in Essex

Timber-framed buildings are one of the characteristic features of the Essex historic environment.  They date from the 12th century to modern times.  This CPD lecture will be divided into two talks, one explaining how timber was sourced, converted, carpentered and assembled into buildings. The second will trace how medieval houses changed and developed as improvements were made and living standards became more sophisticated.  The talks should make it possible to recognise the essential features of timber-framed buildings, and how to analyse and date them.

David Andrews is the former Heritage Conservation Manager at Essex County Council and has a wealth of experience working with historic buildings.

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Free afternoon lecture - starts 1.30pm  

Timber Specification and Repair

A free lecture will be given in the afternoon after the talks on Timber Buildings as part of the HLF funded project 'Celebrating the History of Cressing Temple Gardens'.  Central to the project was the replacement of the oak framed arbour in the walled garden, by then over 20 years old.  Joe Bispham will explain the problems with the construction of the original arbour, the carpentry solutions involved, and criteria for the specification of the timber.  Weather permitting there will be an opportunity to look at the new arbour in the walled garden.

Joe Bispham is a carpenter and joiner with many years experience of working on historic buildings.  He is a consultant to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.






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