Region: North East
Local Authority: Newcastle upon Tyne
Owner Type: English Heritage
Funding Body: English Heritage
Year of Intervention: 2001 - 2002
Summary: At the Trinity House site, tree-ring dating has demonstrated the survival of a medieval undercroft to the chapel, dated to AD 1183, in what was previously considered a building of sixteenth-century date. This research has been used to inform appropriate repair strategies and enable listed building consent.
Description: This is a multi-phase building complex grouped around a courtyard, dating from the medieval period to the early nineteenth century. Buildings include the Dog Bank Building, a chapel, hall, school room, board room, and almshouses. Trinity House is a maritime organisation dedicated to the welfare of seafarers.
Issue: The issue was to assess the survival and significance of the surviving fabric in this complex building, to enable listed building consent to be given for appropriate repairs.
Strategy: Structural recording and tree-ring dating was carried out. The tree-ring dating demonstrated the survival of a medieval undercroft to the chapel, dated to AD 1183, in what was previously considered a building of sixteenth-century date.
Outcome: This information has enabled listed building consent to be given for appropriate repairs to the building. It shows how with full information it is possible to assess the likely impact of a proposal on the special architectural or historic interest of a building and its setting and thus inform appropriate repair strategies.
Keywords: ASSESSMENT AND CHARACTERISATION, DESIGNATION, REPAIR RECONSTRUCTION & RESTORATION
© Howard, R E, Laxton, R R, Litton, C D