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A sympathetically designed large oak frame extension for a well known protected building.

Located in the market town of Hexham, in Northumberland, stands the ancient Hexham Abbey. With parts of the abbey dating from 674 AD the architecture of this space tells of the passing of centuries. It is still however very much used by the community and beyond as a place of worship and tourist interest. It was to provide for the abbey visitors that we were called upon to create an oak timber framed welcome porch. Designed by Purcell Architects the welcome porch (only a porch in relation to the size of the building!) was commissioned to replace existing mismatched buildings attached to the Abbey and be a fitting entrance to the Abbey.

We create many timber frames for public buildings of all sizes. See more of our public timber frames and get in touch with us if you would like to know more about using a timber frame in your public project.

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Meet The Team

Lead Carpenter:
Frame Design:


Lead Carpenter Jean Baptise Rouvelin

Frame Details

Inspired by the stone archway that leads visitors into the Abbey our frame designer Paul Slemmings designed a green oak sling brace frame for the welcome porch. The resulting frame mimics the shape of the archway whilst visually wrapping around it. Unusually the sling brace frame has no principle rafters because of the narrow shape of it.

Our oak timber frames can be found in many renovations and conversions around the country. One of the qualities of oak is that it can seamlessly sit alongside existing masonry and timber without obviously looking new. An aged look can be heightened by using uncleaned green oak, but with the Hexham Abbey frame that was not necessary as the frame design blended in so well with the existing building. See more timber frame conversions and renovations.

Our Chippenham based sister company,Carpenter Oak and Woodland, specialise in timber frame conservation and renovation. They have worked on historic monuments such as Stirling Castle and Shackleton and Scott's Antarctica expedition huts. See more Carpenter Oak and Woodland conservation projects here.

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