Arnold, A. J. and Howard, R., (2008). Tree-ring Analysis of Timbers from The Church of St Michael with St Mary, Melbourne, Derbyshire. Nottingham: Nottingham Tree-ring Dating Laboratory.

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Tree-ring Analysis of Timbers from The Church of St Michael with St Mary, Melbourne, Derbyshire
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Nottingham Tree-ring Dating Laboratory unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1029799
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Tree-ring analysis of 16 oak samples from Melbourne parish church indicates that a majority of the principal or main beams of the chancel roof are formed from trees likely to have been felled sometime between 1683 and 1692. This, and other inscriptional evidence, would suggest that a major programme of alterations to the church took place in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. Although not dated by tree-ring analysis, it is likely, given their very straight and clean edges, the clarity of the laying-out lines, and the regularity of the circular saw marks to their surfaces, that the smaller timbers of this roof (the common rafters in particular), are later replacements, possibly of nineteenth (or even twentieth) century date. The felling date of the small amount of timber sampled in the north east chapel roof cannot be determined with precision, but it is unlikely to be before, say, 1565. From the samples analysed, two site chronologies were created. The first, MELCSQ01, comprises 12 samples, all from the chancel roof, and has an overall length of 160 rings. These rings were dated as spanning the years 1509-1668. The second site chronology, MELCSQ02, comprises two samples, both from the roof of the north-east chapel, with an overall length of 122 rings. These rings were dated as spanning the years 1431-1552. Two samples remain undated.
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A J Arnold
R Howard
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Nottingham Tree-ring Dating Laboratory
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Derbyshire County Council (OASIS Reviewer)
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2008
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Site: The Church of St Michael with St Mary, Melbourne, Derbyshire
County: DERBYSHIRE
District: SOUTH DERBYSHIRE
Parish: MELBOURNE
Country: England
Grid Reference: 438898, 324993 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: TREE-RING CORE SAMPLES Post Medieval
Monus: CHURCH Post Medieval
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OASIS Id: nottingh3-166532
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A4 bound report of 15 pages
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01 Feb 2018
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