Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers from Ordsall Hall, Taylorson Street, Salford, Greater Manchester

Author(s): Alison Arnold, Robert Howard, Cliff Litton

A total of 66 samples was obtained from timbers in various areas of Ordsall Hall, of which 62 were analysed by tree-ring dating. This analysis produced six site chronologies. The first, ORDHSQ01, comprises eight samples from original timbers of the east wing roof, of combined length 270 rings. These are dated as spanning AD 1076 - AD 1345. Interpretation of the sapwood indicates an estimated felling date in the range AD 1348 - 1373. The second, ORDHSQ02, comprises 32 samples from the Great Hall, 'link block', and 'annex'. This has a combined length of 169 rings spanning AD 1368 - AD 1534. Interpretation of the sapwood on these samples indicates that the Great Hall was built using timber felled in AD 1512. It appears likely that the 'link block' was built at the same time. The dating of timbers from the 'annex' shows a fireplace bressumer felled in AD 1461, almost certainly a reused piece. Two other dated timbers are unlikely to have been felled before the mid-sixteenth century and may represent the early seventeenth-century construction phase indicated on structural and stylistic grounds. Four site chronologies, accounting for eight samples, plus another 14 ungrouped individual samples remain undated.

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CfA Reports
Dendrochronology Standing Building


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