You may have seen this imposing building during your travels in the Great Haseley area of Oxfordshire. Sadly, it has fallen into neglect and the years have taken their toll. A major restoration project is now underway, aiming to return this historic building to its former glory. Follow the progress of the restoration in our blog....

The Restoration Team

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Stone floor; boards, joists and discrepancies

With the Hurst frame complete, work has been proceeding on the main stone floor, inbetween other tasks! This hole is for the south pair of stones, which will be reinstated once the floor is finished. The boards adjacent to the tower wall will be removeable, giving a space through which the stones can be hoisted.

The joists to the east and west side of the stone floor have had to be replaced. Each of these joists has one end set into a socket in the stone wall and the other housed into the Hurst frame This is a view looking up at the western joists, from the main door. For reasons not clear at this stage, the Hurst frame beam seen here is significantly lower than its opposite number. We will have to pack up under the floor boards at this end to take out some of this discrepancy, otherwise the stone floor will have rather a 'unique' shape.