Dr Richard Haddlesey is presently actively involved in surveying timber-framed properties in Southern England, but is willing to travel further afield.
He has found many interesting joints, and as a result, this website will constantly evolve and be updated regularly. The thesis has been passed and parts of the thesis will appear on this site in due time. Please feel free to email Richard with questions and suggestions.
The role of the house in society is a theme which transcends the period boundaries.
Approximately 108 timber-framed medieval buildings have been dendrochronologically dated to between AD1244 and 1530 in Hampshire alone. As part of Richards doctoral research, an extensive survey has been carried out on these buildings to record the different types of carpentry joints used in their construction; these joints have then been grouped, by type, to provide a typo-chronology used by medieval carpenters. The survey currently stands at 97% due to a lack of response by some property owners. Although his project is heavily informed by scientific dating methods (dendrochronology) theory is also an important component. Once the chrono-typologies have been produced and cross- referenced with regard to Cecil Hewett's Essex data (English Historic Carpentry Hewett 1980), the effects, if any, of the Black Death (1348-50) on medieval carpentry techniques and technologies, used in central southern England, can be analysed.