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Timber dating to help unlock the story of Willow Court Farmhouse, as work begins!

By May 2, 2024No Comments
Two dendrochronologists (one male and one female) taking samples of timber at Willow Court Farmhouse.

Work has started in earnest at Willow Court Farmhouse, Droitwich after the project received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for £2,328,595 to convert the grade II listed farmhouse to six affordable housing units. The Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust, in partnership with Wychavon District Council, are hoping to learn even more about this historic working farm as works begin.

Archaeologists have been onsite with test pits to ensure that any works carried out on site, aren’t going to have a detrimental effect. This has been closely followed by a team of dendrochronologists who are trying to establish a date for the original timber frame of the building. Currently the grade II listed building is thought to date from C16th, but thanks to the support of the National Lottery Players, it is hoped the dendrochronology will be able to provide a more accurate date.

In order to support us during the delivery phase, the team are taking on a Heritage Administrator who will work across the Trust’s projects. If you are interested in learning more about the role or the Trust’s projects visit

Image: Dendrochronologist’s at work on the farmhouse.

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