061016.Nympsfield, Woodchester Mansion First Floor Bedroom

October 17, 2006 at 9:21 PM | Posted in Architecture, Gloucestershire, Mansion, Nymsfield, Vaults | 3 Comments

This room is directly over the drawing room (the only finished room in the house). The drawing room was completed in 1893 for Cardinal Vaughn’s visit and its ceiling has the minimal arch to support its own weight. The walls of the bedroom, of course, date from the 1870s and were standing without this floor for a good twenty years. The walls are structurally self-supporting and because the drawing room’s ceiling vault is so weak, typical groups are not allowed in. It is an interesting space because there is still a timber vault mold from the construction period, and you can see the drawing room’s ceiling vault quite clearly from on top.

Our assignment was to find an area of structural failure and try to record it as much as possible for a paper assignment. The chapel and this room are the two areas of the most severe structural damage, caused by water getting into the masonry.

I don’t actually know who the girl is, but I liked how she was framed. I believe she is either a fourth year student at the University or from the Structural Engineering class that tagged along.

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  1. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

    YOU would. Thank goodness you don’t have children.

  2. OK, thank you Jesus, Luke, didn’t quite catch that. How does it relate to conservation? masonry? Girl sketching beam?

  3. Think over this, my son, and all will be made clear.

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