The Cock Pitt – what is happening? The developers have responded to our query:
"All strip out works have now been completed in the two Medieval half Wealden buildings & they have been stabilised by repairing/replacing the existing structural timbers in accordance with RBWM conservation team.
Our Consultants are working through the pre-commencement conditions in order we can implement the conversion of buildings into the vertical sub-division of the main building fronting the High Street to internally recreate the original two 'half Wealdens'.
According to an article on the Internet, a Wealden house is "a Medieval timber-framed dwelling type found mainly in the South-East of England, and named after the Weald, a district, once forested, between the North and South Downs. It consists of an open hall the full height of the structure with a two-storey bay on each side of the hall, having a single roof in one direction over the whole, the ridge of the pitched roof (sometimes hipped) following the length. The upper floors of the end-bays project on jetties on the front elevation, but the eaves are continuous, so that part of the roof over the set-back hall wall rests on a flying wall-plate supported on diagonal (often curved) braces in line with the front of the jettied first-floor wall. A single-ended or half-Wealden house is similar, but has only one jettied bay."
We have a number of technical reports/surveys to complete as soon as we are able to gain access into the central courtyard area in the vicinity of the two new build dwellings. Unfortunately the above has caused us a delay on site, however we are looking to re-commence works as soon as possible."
See Eton Matters issue 16 for the story until now…and the plans.