Mid-16th century timber framed grade II Listed cottage located in Pinner

Mid-16th century timber framed grade II Listed cottage located in Pinner

Monday 4th April 2022

Tayross chartered building surveyors located in Pinner recently surveyed a mid-16 century oak framed cottage.

This property was built in the same era In 1549 when Henry the eighth had just died and Mary I was crowned Queen of England. In what was to be a short-lived reign.

The property is located within a courtyard just off one of the main streets in Pinner and had been altered very much during its lifetime. However, quite a few of the original features have survived, such as the oak timber frame, the central chimney stack and fireplace. In the attic space there is still evidence of the old wall construction consisting of wattle and daub.

These buildings are full of charm and steeped in history but do come with their quirks. Being Over 450 years old the property is likely to have some issues that will require attention. However, I find it in better condition than some modern properties of a much lesser age.

The biggest issue with producing a building of this nature is the continued maintenance that is required. For example, the roof is presented as a challenge. However, it was observed that the roof tiles are pegged on which makes the roof easier to maintain without having to strip back the roof in areas.

Oak frames do not do well, when they are set against, or partly concealed with impermeable materials such as Portland Based cement mortar. These tend to sweat the timbers and exacerbate wet rot issues.

Heritage properties are likely to sit on very shallow foundations, or not at all and therefore special consideration needs to be given to the soil dynamics condition in close proximity to these. Such issues as trees and drains can cause problems in Pinner with the highly shrinkable London clay.

If you have a heritage building that needs surveying call Carl O'Boyle at Tayross chartered surveyors, he is always willing to lend a hand.

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