TREE-RING ANALYSIS OF OAK TIMBERS FROM THE CHURCH OF ST BARTHOLOMEW, RICHARDS CASTLE, HEREFORDSHIRE

Author(s): Ian Tyers

A tree-ring dating programme was commissioned on two areas of the roof of St Bartholomew's Church, Richards Castle, Herefordshire, by English Heritage in June AD 2000. The structure was at that time undergoing an English Heritage grant aided repair programme. Despite the collection of 15 core samples and seven slices from some of the many replaced timbers no reliable tree-ring dating has been achieved. A series of sequences have been measured and some groups of data have been identified but none of the site sequences have been matched with any of an extensive data set of medieval oak reference chronologies. The use of fast growing oaks for the building timbers, presumably derived from the remote area of the Herefordshire/Shropshire border, may be causing this failure.

Report Number:
12/2001
Series:
CfA Reports
Pages:
15
Keywords:
Dendrochronology Standing Building

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