St Mary’s Church, Bramford, Suffolk : Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers from the Tower and Spire

Author(s): Dr Martin Bridge

Assessment of the timbers of the spire revealed that none of them contained sufficient rings to make them suitable candidates for dendrochronological dating. Of the timbers sampled in the structures at the top of the tower, two pairs of timbers matched each other, and were combined into new average series. Neither series was dated. One of the two large north-south beams retained complete sapwood, and was found to have been felled in winter AD 1810/11. This date is over a decade later than inscriptions on some of the other timbers, and hence appears to represent another phase of repair or rebuilding at the site.

Report Number:
Research Department Reports
Dendrochronology Standing Building


If you require an alternative, accessible version of this document (for instance in audio, Braille or large print) please contact us:

Customer Service Department

Telephone: 0370 333 0607
Email: [email protected]