Hidden Histories : episode three
Royal Commission Investigator Richard Suggett sheds light on the work of the forgotten master carpenters of Wales at Old Impton near Presteigne.
In their day carpenters were as well known as the best poets and musicians.
Old Impton in Radnorshire shows the transition from stone to timber building in late-medieval and early modern Wales. It has timberwork of the highest quality completed by an unknown master. The craft of the carpenter in church and house was of great significance and in their day carpenters were as well known as the best poets and musicians. Tree-ring dating has shown that Old Impton was built in only two phases, despite its complex form. It is a stone-built hall-house of 1471 with sophisticated timber-framed additions of 1542.
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