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Tithe barns, manors, abbeys and a work-shop
for
carpenters at Château de Gaillon

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Gaillon and its Chateau, situated about 40 km south of Rouen in Normandy, has been the place where 50 carpenters from all over the world met each other. In the course of a workshop from May 25th to June 2nd 2013 all participants aimed for the reconstruction of the roof of the castle tower.


This Chateau is regarded to be one of the first buildings constructed in the style of Renaissance in France. Work on the building started in 1502 and was finished in 1508. Georges d’ Amboise the bishop of Rouen and prime minister of Louis XII was the principal. But there is little left from its former splendour. In 1764 most of the building was devastated by a fire. Although it has been restored after that it was devastated again in 1790 in the course of the French Revolution. After that vandalism and the disposal of the Chateau to a farmer in 1834 did further harm to the building. Nowadays the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles de Haute-Normandie tries to restore it step by step. The carpentry workshop will contribute to that, trying to use only techniques which were usually applied on building-site up to a hundred years ago without using modern tools and machinery. The whole report of our journey can be found at: www.hausforscher.de


Concurrently we were able to continue our work on building research and dendrochronological age determination at a couple of sites with the aid of Dr. Francois Calame, ethnologist at the regional administration of Haute-Normandie and Pierre Roussel, president of the association Amis des Monuments et Sites de l’Eure. Research on the great barns (Granges) of monastic or noble facilities still stays in focus of our interest. First results of the analysis are available now, further are following and will be published step by step on these pages.


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Object 7030B:                                   FR, La Roussière, Manoir de La Haut Moine
Coordinates:                                         48°57'19" N 0°33'53" E

No.

Point of sampling

Spec

CR

SR

W

Date

Felling date

01

roof, 1st  truss f. west,
post

EI

59

13

No

1669

1671 ±1

02

roof, 2nd truss f. west,
post

EI

74

26

No

1667

1671 ±3

03

roof, 2nd truss f. west,
principal rafter, S

EI

45

10

No

1662

1667 ±4

04

roof, 1st truss f. west,
principal rafter, N

EI

97

12

No

1668

1671 ±2

05

roof, 2nd truss f. west,
principal rafter, N

EI

52

23

Yes

1671

1671 H/W

06

roof, 3rd truss f. west,
queen post

EI

33

12

No

1668

1671 ±2

07

roof, 3rd truss f. west,
principal rafter, N

EI

54

9

No

1668

1674 ±5

08

roof, 3rd truss f. west,
principal rafter, S

EI

47

0

No

***

***

09

roof, southern side, left rafter at left dormer

EI

47

11

No

***

***

10

roof, 3rd truss, southern rail
(secondary use)

EI

103

0

No

1362

1382 ±6

Key: Spec = tree species: EI = oak, BU = beech, FI = spruce, TA = fir, KI = pine
CR = core rings, SR = sapwood rings, W = wane. *** = no date available
season of felling: F/S = spring/summer, H/W = autumn/winter.
year of construction = year of felling +1 (fits with most of the buildings) For comment please see here >
S =secondarily used timbers, R =timbers used for repairs, K = supplementary timbers

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Roof on top of the left half of the building.



 Actualities



FR, Normandy: A workshop for carpenters at the Château de Gaillon, 25.05. - 02.06.2013

and some more Dendrodates  for the Normandy.

> more


NL, Schoonebeek - southern Drenthe area:

A systematical acquisition of the historical building stock

> more


DE, Eastern Frisia - Romanesque churches:

Serial investigation of wooden roofs

> more


NL, 's-Hertogenbosch:

Is it possible to localize
historical town fires using Dendrochronology?

> more


FR, Normandy:

Renaissance of Granges after the Hundred Years' War

> more


NL, Terborg:

Archaeologists discovered a
big medieval settlement area

> more


RO, Central Romania:

Enigmatic medieval carpentry

> more


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