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Premier Judged first for Court Room Timber Survey

Posted on the 26 October, 2009 at 2:17 pm Written by in Blog, Case Studies, Wet Rot

Premier Heritage has recently completed a timber condition and defect survey of historic Worsley Court House in Salford, Manchester close to the Bridgwater Canal.

Worsley Court House was constructed on the site of the old village stocks and completed in early 1849, soon after on the 4th August the first court hearing was held where two local men were accused of fishing on the Bridgwater Canal and on the private fishing ponds of the Earl of Ellesmere. They were apparently found in the possession of a large eel and a 6lb carp, with one of the men found guilty and allegedly fined two pounds, a lot of money in those days!

Although operating as a Court until 1908, the building has been used in many ways over the years and has served as the Town Hall, as well as being used for public functions, dances and concerts, in some way fulfilling the function of the village hall. In 1973 it was purchased by the Salford District Council and is now a distinguished venue for weddings, public meetings and other private functions.

Despite its traditional external black and white timber framing and decorative gabled walls the Court House is a purely Victorian building with lavish internally panelled walls and a huge fireplace.

The building, which is now Grade II Listed,  has been extensively extended over the years with numerous wings being added, however like many buildings of its age and construction it is vulnerable to the affects weathering and dampness and over the past decade or so; various structural timbers have had to be replaced due to fungal decay.

Premier have undertaken a detailed survey of the timber framing, which included the use of the Micro Drilling system and well as conventional survey techniques to advise on the on incidence to timber decay and future repair strategies.

Front entrance to the Worsley Court House

Front entrance to the Worsley Court House

 

Non destructive detection of timber decay

Non destructive detection of timber decay

More conventional decay detection of a corner post

More conventional decay detection of a corner post

The timber panelled wall of the Oak room

The timber panelled wall of the Oak room

Closer inspection reveals wet rot decay to decorative timbers

Closer inspection reveals wet rot decay to decorative timbers

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  1. Ben 4 October 2011 at 8:59 am permalink

    Very interesting article! Love Worsely House – went to a friends wedding there not too long ago.

    I’d be very interested to learn more about the contraption used for non-destructive detection of timber decay.

    Thanks,

    Ben

  2. PC 4 October 2011 at 5:47 pm permalink

    Hi Ben

    Yes its a great looking building.

    Check out the heading ‘Expertise’ at top of page, you will find link there to the Micro Drill system.

    Regards

    Premier


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