Bell Street

73, 73a &75 Bell Street is an un-prepossessing house with a rendered fa├žade, cross windows, and a raised front roof over 2/3 of its frontage. The attic (only No 73/73a were inspected) reveals a timber-framed building of quality and age. Its arch-braced central truss, wind braces, purlins, and rafters are smoke-blackened. The original roof remains and survives well under the raised and slated front roof slope, as well as at the unaltered back. No dendro dating was possible as the timbers are fast grown with insufficient growth rings, but a mid C15th building date is estimated for this large 4-bay building, just outside the medieval town boundary, where there was opportunity to build on plots with substantial width.

Grid Reference: SU760829
Parish: Henley-on-Thames
Surveyed in: 2013
Report written by: Ruth Gibson
Sort key: 0HY-BEL-073