600 YEAR HISTORY (well, almost!)

I thought we would share some of the historical delights of the Black Dog Pictures and Framing shop in Mwrog Street. As you will see, I have attached a number of photographs showing spectacular oak beams that are visible in the shop , both downstairs, and upstairs in the storage area.

These beams created great excitement for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (a nice catchy title!), who spotted some of the downstairs beams through the window when passing one day a couple of years ago, and have returned two or three times since, to draw, photograph, and produce a report. This means that now we will be part of the recorded historical architecture of Wales. Up until then, they had no idea we, in our wonderful historical form, existed. Of course, we are one of many in Ruthin and Wales as a whole, but many of theses are not known or recorded by the RCAHMW.



Alongside the photographs are some of the plans drawn by the RCAHMW, and I have reproduced some of the written report below.

"A medieval timber-framed building projects gable-end onto Mwrog Street which has been reduced after vehicle damage, now with a modern gable end wall.It was probably a four bay range with a two bay principal-chamber over services at the rear, and a two-bay open hall to the street. There are three existing truss partitions, the one to Mwrog Street is the former hall's existing inner partition. It has purlins and wind-braces which continue over its former hall. The partition has an elaborately decorative 15th century truss with trefoil cusping, and a massively cranked tie-beam. It has a superb carved first-floor viewing window of three lights, which have 'ogee' heads and mouchette motifs in the spandrels. The partition's lower part has been cut back, but mortices in the flanking studs, indicate indicate its extent to a cill framein line with the modern first floor (see drawing). All the principal trusses are haunched where they meet the tie-beam. They have threaded purlins with curved wind-braces and the common  rafters are mortised at the apex without a ridge-piece. This range is linked to a c1600, storied 2-bay, former timber-frame range, on an alignment, parallel to the street. Its roof has been altered in the late 17th century, reusing earlier timbers including smoke-blackened rafters, and its walls are of later brick work."

I have to admit to not being 100% certain to some of terms used, but you get the gist. It goes on to compare the building to others in Rhayader, The King's Head, Mardol, and The Nag's Head, Wyle Cop, in Shropshire, and various other buildings in Radnorshire, and Brecon.


We are very lucky to have this - now, what to do with it?: