1–4 St Paul’s Square, Bedford, Bedfordshire: Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers

Author(s): Dr Martin Bridge

Sampling was confined to timbers thought to be associated with the primary phase of construction of 1 St Paul’s Square, the other phases/areas proving unsuitable for dendrochronology. Three of the ten samples taken proved to be elm, but the remaining seven oak samples were successfully dated. The timbers are clearly coeval and have a likely felling date range of AD 1438–59. This indicates that the original two-storeyed jettied building is of mid-fifteenth century origin and shows that at least some of the timbers reused in the extant roof were associated with the primary phase of construction.

Report Number:
Research Report
Dendrochronology Standing Building


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