Cyder House dated to 1446
This winter we had a visit from the Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory, who made use of the scaffolding provided by our film crew to access the ancient cruck trusses in the Cyder House. The team used specialist drills to bore into the heartwood of the trusses, to establish the precise date when the trees, used to support the massive Cotswold stone roof of this Grade 1 listed building, were felled.
After extensive research back in the lab, they concluded that the main trusses came from oak trees which were cut down in the winter of 1446. So nearly fifty years before Christopher Columbus set off across the Atlantic, the great barn at Owlpen was constructed, making it one of the oldest surviving barns in Gloucestershire, and the oldest barn wedding venue in the Cotswolds!