Pengersick Castle, Pengersick Lane, Praa Sands, Penzance, Cornwall: Tree-Ring Dating of Oak Timbers

Author(s): Dr Martin Bridge

Four ceiling beams associated with the original construction of the tower of Pengersick Castle were dated. All four are clearly coeval, and the three that retained the heartwood/sapwood boundary were found to have been from trees felled in the midsixteenth century, indicating this as the likely date of construction of this building. The trees used have quite widely spread heartwood/sapwood boundary dates, and may have been felled over a number of years, the poor cross-matching between them also suggesting that they were from different, or at least disparate, woodland sources.

Report Number:
38/2012
Series:
Research Report
Pages:
16
Keywords:
Dendrochronology Standing Building

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