Friday, 22 October 2021

More evidence of medieval settlement

ANOTHER medieval timber frame has come to light in Henley.

Ruth Gibson, honorary secretary of the Henley Archaeological and Historical Group, has previously found such evidence behind what she calls the town’s many “rather bland 18th and early 19th century facades”.

Some was behind the stucco facades of 73 Bell Street and 7 Hart Street, the latter being the Tudor part of the Catherine Wheel while the former retains a medieval, smoke blackened hall roof, complete with an arch-braced central truss.

The latest find is at 19 Hart Street in the flat above Venue and Phase Eight, the shops that adjoin the wide carriage arch of the former Old White Hart.

Ruth says: “The blocked door in the carriageway has always shown that there had been a connection with the inn; a similar door exists at first floor level.

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