Tuesday 13 June 2023

Working the burghages

Totnes high street has a LOT of half timber-frame houses; timber frames between dividing masonry walls. Mostly built on burghage plots; long strips stretching back from the street, often making the houses one room, or one room and a passage wide. Last week I was working on Bogan House, a grade 1 listed building, which houses the Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum. There is a programme of works to conserve and repair, which has been undergoing for some time now. The front elevation has had it's hanging tiles removed, to be re-hung. Other craftsman have repaired the frame.

Here is a glimpse of the internal plasterwork. 


The burghage plots started off with living quarters at the front, and a separate kitchen block, some distance to reduce fire risk. Over time the gaps were filled in, creating narrow courtyards, as we see here.

The framing on the front of the building was replaced in Victorian times. Exposed here to re-hang the slates.

Out with the war chest, for some on-site repairs to this doorways' pilasters.

The old mouldings have seen some action, so the new spliced in repairs definitely benefit from hand moulding planes.

Oak repairs.

With mouldings.

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