TREE-RING ANALYSIS OF OAK TIMBERS FROM ST NICHOLAS' CHURCH, WARNDON, WORCESTERSHIRE

Author(s): Ian Tyers

Dendrochronological analysis was undertaken on 18 samples from the nave roof and integral bell turret, and the bell tower at St Nicholas' Church, Warndon. Three timbers from the nave roof/bell turret crossmatched to give a chronology spanning the period AD 1348-1424. The felling date ranges produced suggest a construction phase in the early- or mid-fifteenth century for the nave roof and bell turret. Four timbers from the bell tower crossmatched to produce a chronology which dated to the period AD 1391-1498. Three of these had bark edge and produced precise felling dates for the winter or early spring of AD 1497/8 and AD 1498/9. This suggests that the bell tower was constructed shortly after felling at the turn of the century. The bell tower timbers were notable as they contained distinctive periodic bands of very narrow growth rings.

Report Number:
34/1998
Series:
AML Reports (New Series)
Pages:
19
Keywords:
Dendrochronology Standing Building

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