CONSERVATION APPROACH – RESULTANT INSTABILITY
As demonstrated by this photo, showing a timber beam hanging in space having fallen out of its notch in the ring beam, all the structural elements holding up the floors, internal walls and providing stability to the external walls had no positive fixings. The historic damage resulted in movement apart of these elements. The floor beams had fallen out of the ring beams in the external walls, so that the floors were hanging in space. In many ways it is miraculous that the floors didn’t fall down into the pub. All that appeared to be keeping them there was plaster – and the memory of where they should be!