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Historic Building workshop, Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree

July 1, 2016


Historic Building workshops


Date: 1 July 2016

When: 1000 – 1630

Where: Cressing, Temple Barns, Braintree, Essex

Cost:  £120.00 plus VAT (£144.00) to include seminar proceedings, all refreshments, lunch and comprehensive delegate pack

The day’s course will consider in depth three aspects of building conservation.

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  • The care and repair of historic timber frames and roof structures
  • The range of historic roof coverings
  • Problems of decay and methods of repair


The venue has been carefully chosen as it represents an extremely fine example of the medieval carpenter’s craft. The 13th century grade 1 listed Barley and Wheat barns are some of the earliest and best surviving barns in England and Europe. The associated ancillary buildings date from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries and illustrate the development of building techniques. The buildings illustrate a wide range of roofing and building materials used at various periods.

Main Themes

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    • The historic development of timber frames and roof structures
    • Causes of decay and failure including mechanical failure, rot and insect attack.
    • Approach to structural repairs, selection and use of materials and techniques.
    • Thatch, problems of decay, selection of materials, fire and fire mitigation.
    • Shingle, decay and repair including selection of materials.
    • Tile, history, manufacture, problems of decay and repair.
    • Slate, Metamorphic and stone, history and quarrying, problems of failure, selection of materials and repair.
    • Lead, flashings and lead sheet, problems including under sheet corrosion, acid attack, correct detailing and installation.
    • Other sheet materials and rainwater disposal.
    • Chimney pots and roofscapes




Kevin Stubbs BA(Hons)  DipBldgCons(AA)  IHBC   CertEd

Kevin Stubbs is a Historic Buildings Consultant and comes with a background of education, archaeology and building conservation. He was Director of Archaeology for the Test Valley in Hampshire and later moved to Hampshire County Council to join the Historic Buildings Bureau, where he became the Principal Buildings Conservation Officer for the County. For eleven years he acted as the Director of a Conservation Centre and now runs his own Historic Building Consultancy and Training Company.

He advises on the repair and maintenance of all historic structures and provides training at all levels for the building conservation industry.  This includes the development of historic building technology, traditional materials and hands-on craft training.  Work for Local Government Authorities includes Conservation Area appraisals, historic building condition surveys and feasibility studies.  He has provided training exercises with local communities to raise awareness of their village plans and local heritage interpretation documents and he has provided Traditional Skills Awareness Courses for a number of bodies.

He undertakes the Historic Analysis of buildings and produces: Statements of Significance; Method Statements; Impact Assessments and Specifications for the repair and conservation of traditional buildings.

He lectures for various CPD providers, Universities and national building conservation organizations including SPAB, RICS and the Weald and Downland Museum.  Topics include: Bricks and Mortar; Lime, Plasters and Renders; Cob and Earth, Timber Frame and Stone Structures and Traditional Roofing.

The day will include formal Power Point presentations, material handling sessions and first hand observations of the building.

Cressing flyer can be downloaded here

cressing booking form can be downloaded here


Cressing Temple Barns
Witham Rd
Cressing, CM77 8PD


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