The History of Leith

October 12, 2007

LATE 12TH & EARLY 13TH CENTURY AISLED BUILDINGS:A COMPARISON

SUMMARY The earliest extant timber-framed buildings found by dendrochronology cluster around the late 12th/early 13th century. Evidence from archaeology suggests that the late 12th century represents the threshold when fully timber-framed buildings start to appear. Some clarification has resulted from the discovery that a number of buildings once thought to be earlier have timbers felled in the mid 13th century. At the time of writing (June 1999) nine timber-framed buildings have been dated with timbers felled before 1230; seven are aisled halls, one an aisled barn, and the ninth a church bell tower. The aisled buildings are examined and compared here and consideration is given to when this building style is replaced. for more click here

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