Timber churches in medieval England: a preliminary study

Gardiner, Mark (2015) Timber churches in medieval England: a preliminary study. In: Historic Wooden Architecture in Europe and Russia: Evidence, Study and Restoration. Birkhäuser, Basel, pp. 28-41. ISBN 9783035605426

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Timber was not just a second-rate material which was adopted for reasons of economy. In the early Middle Ages very substantial churches might be built in wood until the eleventh century when there was a decisive shift in favour of masonry, and thereafter most new parish churches were built in stone. Timber churches frequently used wood in a different manner to secular buildings. From the earliest churches onwards, the walls seem to have been constructed with close-set or even contiguous timbers. Close-set studs (wall supports) are often used on the front of late medieval secular buildings as a form of display, but rarely used on the less visible portions where economies could be made. However, in timber churches no such compromise was made.

Keywords:Timber building, Churches, Medieval buildings
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V400 Archaeology
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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