Bebington Hidden Gem, Unknown Timber Frame Structure Gains Listed Status, Uncovered and Repaired by Trace
Structural Timber Repair
Original 1700's timber frame structure with wattle & daub panels concealed by render, exposed by Trace during survey
Oak timber frame significantly decayed and wattle & daub similarly deteriorated
Project was brought to the attention of the Conservation Officer, and gained grade 2 listed status (entry no. 1408451) during the ongoing works
Combination of traditional oak replacement and jointing combined with modern methods to retain a large percentage of original oak
Existing wattle & daub panels replaced but including original materials crushed and remixed for reinstatement
Internal walls insulated/reed matted/daubed, also receiving oakum caulking
Where the timber frame was exposed it was clearly decayed with the sapwood essentially turned to dust. The following is a sample of the drawings produced by Trace to illustrate the timber frame and the issues with it:
Joints within the existing timber frame were strengthened by installing cocealed rods embedded in resin, faced over in new oak plants to match the existing timber as far as feasibly possible, including oak plugs.
In areas where the timber was not in a retainable condition, it was cut out and replaced with new air dried oak using scarf, and mortise and tenon joints to match the original construction.