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Recording Historic Buildings for Planning Purposes.
Tracing the history of your historic home through its fabric.

I am a Masters qualified archaeologist with a specialism in recording timber-framed and other historic buildings. I recorded my first timber-frame in 1986 taught by John McCann. I also took the Analysing and Recording Historic Buildings Course at Oxford University as part of my Diploma in Field Archaeology.

From 1991 to 2007 I worked for the Historic Environment Branch of Essex County Council in the Historic Buildings and Archaeology Sections. I have a large portfolio of published work in academic journals, popular books, exhibitions and websites as well as grey literature held in the SMR. My Masters thesis was on 'Historic Ironwork Repairs to Timber-framed Buildings'.

Since May 2007 I have offered my services as a freelance investigator of historic buildings in the Eastern Region including Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. I am based in Gosfield, North-west Essex and work for planners, developers, private individuals, archaeologists and anyone who can benefit from my services.

I can offer a complete service from a walk-round survey, drawn site survey, condition survey, fabric analysis to photography, report writing, social and documented history as well as producing a frame drawing and using the latest technology, a 3D computer generated fly-through model.

Contact me by e-mail to discuss your project. Whether it is for planning purposes or for your own interest I will be pleased to record your property.

I am listed on Essex County Council's list of investigators. Based in Gosfield, NW Essex.

Telephone 0794 2010703. Projects are charged at £30/hour.

Recent Historic Buildings Projects (May 2007- present) Latest ones first.

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Interesting pub with inserted sub-basement and raised floors. Not as old as it looks. C18th. Great Saling.

Mediaeval Hall house with inserted floors and attics, Georgian staircases. Stansfield, Suffolk.

C17th farmhouse with raking queen strut roof. Hook End.

Stables block erected in c.1923 using concrete technology and local bricks. Sible Hedingham.

C19th timber-framed house originally presumed earlier. Bell Common, Epping.

C19th Stables with high quality second fit of horse stalls and mangers. Description and analysis report.

Design of my own timber-framed house pictured at Xmas 2010 on its first birthday.

c. 1540. Magnificent Anne of Cleves Barn. Description and Analysis Report. Great Bardfield.

C15th house described as a granary. Description and Analysis Report. Ovington.


1806 Summerhouse portico possibly by Joseph Bonomi the Elder. Description and Analysis Report. Stapleford Tawney.

St Mary's Church. Timber decay testing of the C14th spire and analysis of the carpentry marks.Gt Baddow.

Entire livery including 1799 brick barn built by the DuCane family. Description and Analysis Report. Great Braxted.

House and shops. Originally long walled jetty house of early 1500's converted to Georgian style town house in mid C19th. Extensive C20th alterations. Survey, analysis and impact justification statement to create four apartments from two existing. Gt Clacton.

Range of C18th barns with mediaeval origins and C19th remodelling. Much repaired after damage from explosion! Drawn and photographic survey to RCHME Level 3 for planning consent. Waltham Abbey.

Spains Hall, Finchingfield. Recording, analysis and interpretation of entire house. Over 50 rooms of an extensive C17th Great House with C15th origins, Georgian and Victorian additions and C20th refinements. Project ongoing. 33,000 word thesis and 85 record cards.

C17th Maltings / Coach House.
Survey, analysis and impact justification statement for new extension and rooms in the roof. Little Baddow.

C15th/C16th hall house with two cross-wings and original crown posts. C18th/C19th additions then connected to another cross-wing. Castle Hedingham.

C15th in-line hall house remodelled into a barn in C19th. Gt Burstead.
Survey, analysis and impact justification statement for successful appeal.

C16th house with C19th cottage extensions in Great Yeldham.

Public House listed as C16th but actually C15th with massive C18th/C19th additions.
Castle Hedingham.

Two houses originally a C16th open hall house with C16th and C18th insertions and new floors. Castle Hedingham.

House and cottage, originally long wall jettied town house early C16th. Coggeshall.

Seven farm buildings including a MC18th former stables with mansard roof, a Boulton and Paul prefabricated steel barn, C19th stables and cattle sheds. Description and Analysis Report to discharge a planning condition for conversion into a commercial use including an essay on Victorian High Farming. Bardfield, Essex.

Napoleonic War Era grain barn with C19th outshot recorded for conversion to holiday lets. Creeksea.

Small cottage in Mid-Suffolk which is a most likely a mediaeval small aisled hall with the aisles removed in the C17th. Bedingfield.


Recording my first timber-framed building in 1986, Coggeshall, Essex. It turned out to be a small aisled hall with the front aisle removed. (Photo John McCann. Drg BJHC).



Lobby entry house converted to a Georgian house and then tenanted accommodation. Later used by RAF as dormitory. High Beech.

Multi-phase stone building. Description and Analysis Report. Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury.

C19th Granary and implement shed. Description and Analysis Report. Bentfield Bury.

c.1800 Barn and five other farm buildings. Description and Analysis Report. Edney Common.

C19th house built as a wing to main mansion. Gutted in the 1950's and a garage and stairtower added. Description and Analysis Report. Braintree.

Outbuildings for a cottage conversion. All C20th, most post 1950. Description and Analysis Report. Waltham Abbey.

Fireplace in a c1830 pub. It is in fact entirely fake except for the brickwork. Surrounds are painted plywood. Description and Analysis Report. Bury St Edmunds.

Magnificent Georgian house with C16th timber-frame core and Victorian extensions. Description and Analysis Report. Sawbridgeworth.

C16th house extended in the C17th. Fascinating original carpenters marks. Private commission. Brundish.

c.1750 Mansard hipped stable block later converted to a piggery. Description and Analysis Report. Debden.

c.1800 Barn and Cart Lodge converted to an aisled barn. Description and Analysis Report. Nr Writtle.

Valley Farm
C15th Hall House with added C16th cross-wing and inserted first floor. Considerable Georgian rebuild. Description and Analysis Report. Shalford.

George Inn
Grade I Listed London Pub. Photographic repairs schedule for historic fabric.

Kings Inn
Timber-framed forge or wheelwrights shop attached to rear of C17th Coaching Inn. Ongar. Description and Analysis Report.

C15th Hall House with intact crown post roof in original cross-wing. Ramsden Heath. Description and Analysis Report

Nine Ashes.
Description and Analysis Report and Impact Justification Report for renovation of a C15th timber-framed house later split into cottages. Nine Ashes.

Bridge Street.
Survey drawings of part of a range of C16th shops as part of a renovation scheme. Witham.

1930's Garage and Toilet Block built by the local brickworks. Recorded for demolition to improve Pub facilities.

Description and Analysis Report and Impact Justification Report for internal and external changes to a 1830's Pub in Colchester.

Victorian designer gatehouse recorded for a Description and Analysis Report to discharge a planning condition for conversion into a luxury house. Hertfordshire.

1902 stable block recorded for a Description and Analysis Report to discharge a planning condition for conversion into luxury apartments. Hertfordshire.

Scaled photomontage for a new house in the garden of a listed building (house not visible). Brentwood, Essex.


Burnt out public house built in the early C19th using the offset butt purlin roof of a C17th barn or house. Recorded for English Heritage consent. Margaretting.




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