Bowhill: The Archaeological Study of a Building Under Repair in Exeter, Devon, 1977-95by Stuart Blaylock
Bowhill, built c.1500 on the site of an earlier building, lies a mile west of the centre of Exeter. An important late medieval house, once owned by the Holand (15th century) and Carew (16th century) families, the house was bought by the government in 1976. A lengthy period of repairs carried out by Exeter Archaeology and English Heritage provided an opportunity to investigate the history and architectural development of the house, as well as raising a series of research and conservation issues. This report publishes in great detail the work carried out and what it revealed about the standing building, its fabric and features. A specialist team from various fields, icnluding archaeologists, building historians, architects, conservators and a range of craftsmen, were brought together to investigate the documentary, pictorial and cartographic information on Bowhill and examine the fabric, stratigraphy, architecture and technologies employed in its construction.
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