The Roof of Dartington Hall
Author: Stenning, D. F.
Source: Vernacular Architecture, Volume 29, 1998 , pp. 93-97(5)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The original fourteenth-century roof of Dartington Hall has been generally accepted as a hammer-beam root based on 'shadows' left on the wall and drawings by G. Saunders produced in 1805 before it was removed in the early nineteenth century. The purpose of this note is to suggest that the original roof was not a hammer-beam but a base cruck. This is suggested because a hammer-beam based on the 'shadow' would have been unworkable, and both the new hammer-beam roof proposed by Saunders and the present hammer-beam roof erected in the 1930s used different proportions.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1998