Cottesmore History and Archaeological Group has been awarded a grant of £13,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project, “How old is Cottesmore and how has it Developed”. Led by volunteers from the Village, the project focuses on the origins of Cottesmore and how it has grown.
The project will enable local people to discover the early years of the village and how the community through its farming has grown and prospered. The project will concentrate it activities on eight buildings throughout the village including the church and the Sun Inn. By the use of tree-ring dating procedure (dendrochronology) we hope to be able to find the exact date when the various building were built and how they developed to what we see today. This work will be backed up by an architectural inspection of the buildings plus the story of their inhabitants. We will hope to involve the two local schools to see how the village works. The end result will be a number of small books, one for each building plus one for the Village.
A presentation took place on Saturday 5th November 2016 in the Village Hall, Cottesmore with over 50 visitors attending.
Examples of tree ring samples showed the basics of dating of timbers and photographs of beams illustrated just how old some of these beams appear. Floor plans demonstrated how the buildings had been altered and added to, for example a traditional cottage was often only one large room and subsequently extensions have been made in all directions.
Summaries of each building indicated the age together with some interesting facts.
Slides from presentation