TREE-RING ANALYSIS OF TIMBERS FROM CROXLEY HALL FARM BARN, RICKMANSWORTH, HERTFORDSHIRE

Author(s): Dr Martin Bridge

The dendrochronological study of this barn revealed that fast-grown young oaks were used in its construction. Five timbers dated, with one retaining complete sapwood. This timber was felled in the winter of AD 1397/8 and the others have estimated felling dates which include this date. It seems most likely therefore that the barn was constructed during the short abbacy of John Moote (AD 1396-1401), as had been thought. This result has important implications for other stylistically similar barns in the vicinity, including Kingsbury Manor Farm Barn, The study has also showed that the cruck-like intermediate arcade shores were original features of the barn.

Report Number:
25/2000
Series:
AML Reports (New Series)
Pages:
12
Keywords:
Dendrochronology Standing Building

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