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The Pavilion Project

datePosted on 11:40, October 19th, 2016 by Website Admin

Pavilion logoThe Pavilion Project is a not-for–profit, community-led organisation which is working with Winchester City Council and award-winning Winchester architect AR Design to replace the dilapidated cricket pavilion and scoring hut at North Walls Recreation Ground with one architecturally distinctive pavilion, serving both cricket pitches. The Pavilion Project has the support of Hyde900, and is being led by Mike Caldwell who is a Hyde900 executive committee member – and a keen cricketer!

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Winchester’s leading experts on medieval architecture joined local dignitaries in Hyde yesterday (7 September) for a briefing on the latest discoveries concerning the dispersed and recycled building materials from Hyde Abbey.

In an important new development David Spurling, a HYDE900 Trustee, revealed that oak timber in the attic of Old Hyde House, now the offices of ADAM Architecture, could be dated back to the late 13th century and, almost certainly would have originally constituted a seven canted roof in the Hyde Abbey structure.

Describing the research into the attic timbers as being equivalent to the investigation of a crime scene David Spurling explained that interest in the roof timber had originally been sparked, some years ago, by John Crook and Edward Roberts. hht110816 44(c)Following on this information HYDE900 organised a dendro-dating exercise which had placed the age of the wood several centuries before the construction of the house itself (probably late 16th century). The evidence of crown posts, central purlin and possibly tie beams all added up to them forming a sophisticated structure of a kind normally associated with an ecclesiastical building. This suggested a clear link with Hyde Abbey which appears to have undergone substantial redevelopment in the period 1260-1290.

The significance of this was underlined by HYDE900 Trustee Edward Fennell, who said that the beams represented an important link with Hyde Abbey when it was in its heyday. “This attic is now an invaluable part of the heritage of Hyde Abbey and, indeed, Hampshire. We can take enormous pride and satisfaction in having brought it to light. And ADAM Architecture can take pride, I would suggest, in being housed under it.”

To bring home the significance of what had been discovered the briefing concluded with a live-cam ‘tour’ of the attic providing close-up detail of the medieval timbers. In recognition of the willingness of ADAM Architecture to open its offices up to the investigation tribute was paid to the support afforded by ADAM Architecture’s Directors and staff.

 Read the Hampshire Chronicle article…

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