Ledston Hall, Hall Lane, Ledston, Leeds, West Yorkshire: Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers

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

Dendrochronological analysis was undertaken on 69 of the 74 core samples (five cores having insufficient rings for reliable dating) obtained from structural timbers and the six series measured directly on some loose boards at Ledston Hall. This analysis produced two dated site chronologies. The first site chronology comprises 63 samples from structural timbers and is 245 rings long, these rings spanning the years AD 1424–1668. The second site chronology comprises four series from loose boards and is 264 rings long, these rings spanning AD 1202–1465. A further single series from a loose board was dated individually, its 169 rings spanning AD 1232–1400. Seven of the measured samples remain ungrouped and undated. Interpretation of the sapwood on the dated samples indicates that the structural timbers represent two distinct felling phases, one in, or about, AD 1618 and the other in, or about, AD 1668. The loose boards are somewhat earlier probably dating to the late-fifteenth century and, unlike the locally sourced structural timbers, they are derived from a source likely to be in the eastern Baltic region.

Report Number:
Research Report
Dendrochronology Standing Building


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