Aug 15 8pm: THIS INN IS MADE FROM TALL-SHIP TIMBERS
A fully illustrated talk and Q&A with buildings archaeologist James Wright.
A visit to almost any timber-framed public house in the land will elicit a story that the building's timbers were re-used from a wrecked ship. This tale is often elaborated to add a layer of enigma and romanticism to the pub by mentioning the Spanish Armada or Battle of Trafalgar. Are these just harmless folk tales intended to hook in the boozers, or can we genuinely find the timbers of lost ships in the rafters of the village watering hole?
James Wright is an award-winning buildings archaeologist. He has two decades or professional experience in ferreting around in people's cellars, hunting through their attics and digging up their gardens. He hopes to find meaningful truths about how ordinary and extraordinary folk lived their lives in the past.