Church of St Barnabas, Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire: Tree-ring Analysis of Oak Timbers

Author(s): Alison Arnold, Robert Howard, Cathy Tyers

Analysis was undertaken on samples taken from timbers of the nave/chancel roof and cross frames resulting in the construction and dating of a single site sequence. This site sequence, BRMCSQ01, contains the ring series from all 35 sampled timbers and spans the period AD 1233–1644. Analysis of surviving sapwood suggests that the felling of the majority of timbers occurred in, or around, AD 1644. Two of the dated timbers, both braces, are felled earlier, one being felled c AD 1585 and the other having an estimated felling date in the range AD 1585–1615. Two other timbers may be felled slightly earlier, a tie having an estimated felling date in the range AD 1602–27 and a post having an estimated felling date in the range AD 1608–33, but it is also possible, bearing in mind the characteristics of the assemblage, that these are simply long-lived trees with more than the usual number of sapwood rings. The overall results suggest that construction of this roof occurred in the mid-seventeenth century and utilised some reused or stockpiled timber.

Report Number:
44/2021
Series:
Research Report
Pages:
51
Keywords:
Dendrochronology Standing Building

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