The Historical Use of Timber as a Building Material, Repairs and Conservation

The Historical Use of Timber as a Building Material, Repairs and Conservation

CPD Lectures by Dr Joe Bispham at Cressing Temple Barn on Friday 6 March at 9.30am

06/03/2020 - 06/03/2020
Course Type: 
Introductory, CPD
Cressing Temple
Witham Road,
CM77 8PD, Cressing, Near Witham
United Kingdom

Event details

6 March 2019, 09.30-13.15

Dr Joseph Bispham will present a morning of illustrated lectures with refreshments and a light lunch. This event is being organised by the SPAB Essex Group.

The venue on the site of the 13th century timber Medieval Barns at Cressing Temple gives a perfect starting point for the morning’s lectures. It includes three Grade I-listed structures: the 13th-century Barley and Wheat Barns, described as the two finest Templar-built barns in Europe, one of which is the oldest standing timber-framed barn in the world; and the 16th-century granary building, the largest in Essex.


Lecture 1: 9.30am
An overview of the use of timber in vernacular timberframe building in the East of England 13th - 17th Centuries including case studies of timber frame repairs and conservation.

Tea & Coffee 10.30

Lecture 2: 11.00am
An introduction to the history and use of imported Nordic softwoods into Eastern England and its influence on design and construction of historic buildings. Including case studies of repairs to external joinery including specifications and repair techniques.

Light Lunch 12.15 

Please note that whilst vegetarian options will be available other dietary/allergy requirements cannot be catered for but if necessary, we are happy for you to provide your own lunch.

Total Cost £55.00

Dr. Bispham is an historic building advisor and a member of the technical panel of the SPAB.

A leaflet on the course is available for download here: Historical Use of Timber Course

For further information please email


Booking Terms & Conditions

Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

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