THE HERMITAGE, 17 UPPER SUTTON LANE, LB HOUNSLOW - A LATE-MEDIEVAL TIMBER-FRAMED HALL HOUSE AT HESTON

Author(s): Richard Bond, Mike Dunn

A recent fire caused the destruction of the roof of a late-medieval timber-framed hall house at The Hermitage, 17 Upper Sutton Lane, Heston, LB Hounslow. The house probably dates from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century and is an important survival of a once common but now rare type of smaller hail house in the Greater London region. Although the fire destroyed virtually the whole of the medieval roof frame, a post-fire assessment of the building showed that most of the original wall framing remained intact. A meeting was held to discuss the future of the building and options for its repair. Given the importance of the building and the urgent need to construct a new roof to replace the medieval roof, English Heritage offered to carry out an archaeological recording exercise and produce a set of measured drawings of the structure. It is hoped that the information will assist in the forthcoming repair of the building and the construction of a replacement traditional oak roof frame that will match the construction of the original medieval roof.

Report Number:
124/2003
Series:
Other
Pages:
40
Keywords:
Building Recording Architectural Investigation

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