In spite of the adverse weather, good progress has been made this month. February saw recording team two preparing to start work again within the Scale Park area, whilst team three finished the barns on Hoobank , surveyed two of the last four outstanding in the valley bottom and made a start in Starbotton village. In the meantime, having finished their initial allocation within Kettlewell, team five surveyed the third barn remaining to be recorded in the valley and photographed the interiors of two barns, to which, initially we did not have access. They have also been busy compiling reports and handed over eight at the end of the month.
The type of truss used to support the roof of the barns changed over time and can suggest a date for the initial construction, or later extension and alteration to the building. However from the 19th century onwards many of the barns in the parish have had their roof timbers replaced. This replacement is still going on today and means that the style of truss is not always as helpful as we would wish, when trying to date a building.
As a reference for our survey teams, Alison Armstrong prepared a set of drawings, with probable dates of the different types of roof timbers that we may find locally. There are still a number of older roofs remaining and we have managed to find almost all the features that Alison illustrated, the following photographs show examples of the types of roof timbers that we have recorded to date.