Historic Building Consultations

Dr Richard Haddlesey BSc MSc PhD has over 17 years’ experience of researching and recording medieval buildings and is particularly interested in the carpentry employed during the construction of late-medieval timber-framed buildings (c. 1280-1530).

The aim of this site is to aid research into English medieval architecture, especially Late-Medieval carpentry and the medieval open hall through the medium of Buildings Archaeology coupled with Digital Archaeology.

As such, I invite you to add your medieval building to our Photographic Archive and also have its details recorded on the Building Archaeology Research Database.

Previous consultations

scarf joint

Previous archaeological assessment

dove tail joint

The open hall house

In England, by the end of the fourteenth century, it is thought that the fully developed medieval hall arrangement had been attained. That is to say - the addition of two compartments either side of the open hall house to accommodate the service rooms and living quarters, forming a tripartite design, had become common place.

photographic archive

The archive stands at over 100 buildings dendro dated between AD1244 and 1574 with 4 dated by documents (denoted by*). The majority of the dates are available on the Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory website and the Vernacular Architecture Group's website.

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Dr Richard Haddlesey and Dr Annie Kemp

Have a wealth of knowledge regarding Late-Medieval England