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Photo of Westminster Hall. Report to the First Commissioner of H.M. Works, &c., on the Condition of the Roof Timbers of Westminster Hall, with Suggestions for Maintaining the Stability of the Roof. by BAINES, F.

BAINES, F.

Westminster Hall. Report to the First Commissioner of H.M. Works, &c., on the Condition of the Roof Timbers of Westminster Hall, with Suggestions for Maintaining the Stability of the Roof.

London, H.M.S.O.,

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Small folio (330 x 205 mm.) Bound by Wood of London in mid twentieth-century half dark blue morocco over cloth-covered boards, preserving the original blue paper wrappers, t.e.g., marbled endpapers; 76pp. + 12 plates, of which 7 are folding, detailed measured drawings, 1 perspective view and 4 b/w photo plates; a very good, clean copy.

Highly detailed report on the state of the hammer beam roof of Westminster Hall, occasioned by responsibility for the care of the building being assumed by the Ancient Monuments Branch in 1912. A history of the construction and previous restorations of the hall and roof is followed by an exhaustive report on the decay wrought to a number of the timber trusses by dry rot, death watch beetle and other pests, with proposals for replacing the medieval timbers with new, and reinforcing localised areas with steel. Estimates are given for the likely cost of the restoration. Two appendices describe experiments using napthaline and carbon tetrachloride to control insect infestation. The measured drawings by Frank Baines are particularly illuminating in showing the areas of damage and the proposed location of the steel reinforcements housed in cavities created within the existing timber trusses.

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