Aspects of the development of structural carpentry 1600-1800

T. Yeomans, D.
(1983) Aspects of the development of structural carpentry 1600-1800. PhD thesis, University of Liverpool.

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Medieval side purlin roofs had their principal rafters strutted from the tie beam with members acting in compression. By the beginning of the nineteenth century these had been superceded by the use of king post and queen post roof trusses with posts in tension. This study shows that. the trussed king post roof was first introduced into England by Inigo Jones and traces its subsequent development. It shows that Christopher Wren derived his knowledge of the trussed roof from Bernardino Baldi's Mechanics and was important in developing the queen post truss and transmitting a knowledge of these forms to his assistants and carpenters. Through a study of eighteenth century drawings, surviving roofs and contemporary carpenters' manuals, the study also explores the level of structural understanding during this period.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2023 19:00
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 19:02
DOI: 10.17638/03175612
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