Fairfield House, Stogursey, Somerset: Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers

Author(s): Robert Howard, Alison Arnold

Dendrochronological analysis undertaken on timbers from a series of roofs and, in addition, two newel post caps, resulted in the dating of three site sequences, with a further five site sequences remaining undated. Site sequence FRFDSQ01 contains eight samples and spans the period AD 1389–1507, FRFDSQ02 contains 18 samples and spans the period AD 1525–1713, and FRFDSQ03 contains seven samples and spans the period AD 1682–1778. The earliest timbers identified, felled in AD 1508–28, were from the West range roof making construction of this roof slightly later than previously thought. The East range roof contains timbers felled in AD 1627–52, whilst the Connecting range roof utilises timber of AD 1630, demonstrating that these roofs are broadly contemporary, both dating to the second quarter of the seventeenth century. The East and West range roof hips contain timbers felled in spring AD 1779 and AD 1777-96 respectively, though earlier reused timber was identified within these hips.

Report Number:
Research Report
Dendrochronology Standing Building


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