AIM: To support the Wingrave Heritage
Group in their surveying of historic buildings in the village and the collection
of supporting documentary evidence.
Following an extremely well-attended walk around the village of Wingrave in September 2009, the Historic Buildings Group was invited to become involved in a wider project within the village, which will record some of the historic houses and consider the overall development of the village from a buildings perspective.
This has led to a series of joint activities by members of the Historic Buildings Group and the Wingrave Archives Society.
A measured and detailed survey of Windmill Farmhouse, on the southern edge of Wingrave was done over two days in November 2009. This is a listed Grade II building dating originally from the early 17th century, with later additions and a 19th-century courtyard of farm buildings.
Wingrave Historic Buildings Workshop
A one-day workshop entitled ‘How old is that house?’ was held in the village in October 2010. This was attended by 10 villagers and 19 members of the Historic Buildings Group. Click on the links below to view:
which summarises the speakers, the survey results for 20 Wingrave buildings, the results of dendrochronology work done during the day, the concluding discussion - and, finally, proposals for future projects.
Results of the Dendrochronology survey done suring the October 2010 Workshop were a real surprise by showing that the house is roughly 100 years earlier than previously thought. Its main frame timbers were felled in the 1490s. A joint survey project started in January 2011, including documentary research. Results will be published here when this is completed.
A project to examine the 50-plus buildings in Buckinghamshire for which there are scientifically confirmed construction dates was launched at the October 2010 Workshop. To view its progress, click here: Dendro-dated buildings project.
Historic Buildings Survey Guide
The experience of surveying historic buildings during the October 2010 Workshop led to calls for a logical, step-by-step survey guide. To find out how this is progressing, click here: The ‘Survey Guide’ project
Finally, click here for a brief outline of the History of Wingrave.