St Andrew’s Church, Alwington, Devon: Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers from The South Aisle and Nave Roofs

Author(s): Alison Arnold, Robert Howard

Samples were taken from the roof timbers of the south aisle and nave of this church, resulting in the construction and dating of two site sequences. Site sequence ALWCSQ01 contains ten samples, all from the nave roof, and was found to span the period AD 1253–1391. Interpretation of the heartwood/sapwood boundary ring positions of these samples suggests felling in AD 1401–26. Site sequence ALWCSQ02 contains nine samples, all from the south aisle roof, and spans the period AD 1342–1490. Interpretation of the heartwood/sapwood boundary ring position of these samples suggests felling in AD 1499–1524. The tree-ring dating has demonstrated that the roof of the nave was probably constructed in the first quarter of the fifteenth century, whereas that of the south aisle in the first quarter of the sixteenth century.

Report Number:
42/2009
Series:
Research Department Reports
Pages:
50
Keywords:
Dendrochronology Standing Building

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