The following are links to projects completed by Maggie Henderson

(note: as many of the buildings are under private ownership, only examples of buildings that are already in the public domain are given here)

Burstow Park Farm: A Measured Historic Building Survey of the Roofs. Commissioned by the National Trust.

Burstow Park FarmThe ranges that contribute to the current layout of Burstow Park Farmhouse were constructed over a period of four centuries. The core of the complex is an east – west orientated timber frame hall house with crown post roof, of which only two bays survive. The medieval remains were added to in the late 16th century by the construction of a two storey – plus- attics timber frame building under a clasped purlin roof, abutting the northern elevation of the medieval house. The two ranges were accessed independently and only united during the third phase of construction carried out in the early to mid 17th century.  The fourth phase of development took place in the first half of the 18th century and involved the addition of two minor east – west orientated ranges. The final new build during this phase was the construction of a grand staircase in the heart of the complex, uniting the three main ranges. In addition to the construction of the ranges, a programme of Georgian ‘modernisation’ or cosmetic additions and alterations took place including the addition of a Flemish bond brick façade to create a principal elevation on the eastern side of the 1640s timber frame.


Flat 10, Royal Mews, Hampton Court Road, East Molsey: Historic Building Record of the northwestern wall. Commissioned by The Royal Household

The programme of works comprised a drawn, photographic and descriptive record of the northwestern wall of Flat 10. This wall incorporates a truss that forms part of the roof construction of the northeast range of the Royal Mews. The Royal Mews front onto Hampton Court Green and were constructed in the early 16th century to provide stable facilities enlarged by the addition of a substantial stable extension to the northwest in 1570.


Watergate Render, Aylesford Priory, Aylesford, Kent. Historic Building Record Commissioned by Thomas Ford & Partners


9 High Street, Lydd: Historic Building survey

The results of the historic building survey highlights that the property, although re-fronted, retains its early 16th century layout comprising a three-cell structure with evidence for a former continuous jetty along its High Street facade and as such displays the wealth of the owner from the outset. Despite damage caused by considerable alterations since the end of the 18th century (including reconstruction of the roofs) clear historic developments are visible within the surviving features and fabric indicating that the extensive 17th century rebuild created a lobby entry house in line with the then-current developments in building construction. Later alterations such as the Georgian re-fronting show a continued commitment to keeping up with the latest innovations in building design, and as such indicating the continued wealth of the owners of the house.


Level II Historic Building Record of the Former Mary Hughes Centre 22-28 Underwood Road Tower Hamlets London E1 5AW

The site currently occupied by the Mary Hughes Buildings is the result of a programme of works beginning in the late 19th century, driven by Alice Model, to provide welfare facilities for Jewish mothers. The Sick Rooms Helps Society, founded in 1895, was administered from No. 24 Underwood Road. By 1911 funds had been raised to design and build facilities (The Jewish Maternity Hospital) fit for purpose on the site. The buildings that were previously on the site were demolished and the irregular plan building plot carefully laid out to comprise administration and care facilities, which at this stage included twelve beds. By 1918 the level of care required had exceeded the facilities and a new development was planned. The former domestic structures adjacent to the Maternity Hospital, and the warehouses that had occupied the rear of the site, were demolished to make way for the new development.

The architects commissioned were Messrs Joseph and the new buildings again laid out to fit the pre-determined boundaries of the site. The hospital was renamed the Bearsted Memorial Hospital and opened in 1927. By 1937 the demand had again exceeded the facilities available at the site and a relocation to Stoke Newington was planned. The advent of the Second World War resulted in a postponement of the move and the new site did not open until 1947. After the war the Underwood Road site was bought by Stepney Council and the Mary Hughes Centre and Day Nursery was established within the former hospital buildings. The facilities included an antenatal clinic, a school treatment centre, a day nursery and a hostel for the nursery nurses. The buildings remained in use under Tower Hamlets Council, providing facilities for family welfare and for local children and adults until its closure in 1996.


An Archaeological Interpretive Survey of Old Kent Cottage, Frogholt, Kent

The house was constructed as a three-cell building with a two-bay hall of almost equal bay lengths. The building overall is compact and the only upper floor accommodation is the jettied loft at the high-end of the house, fitted into the construction by means of a pair of cranked principals. The remainder of the structure was open to the roof on the interior.

Elements of the building’s construction are comparatively rare: by 1994, only six houses with cranked principals were known in Kent (Pearson, S., 1994). A further example was recorded in 2002 by David and Barbara Martin at Hinxhill (Martin and Martin 2002). The use of such a device has an origin in early mass-constructed buildings, with the cranked principals being more closely related to a cruck tradition than the box-framing of the south east. The date range for such buildings tends to be from the mid to late 15th century with some construction in the 16th and into the 17th centuries: they are generally not found within the later 14th and early 15th centuries although the Hinxhill example may date to the closing years of the 14th century or the early years of the 15th century. The lack of further examples of this feature in the area does not necessarily mean that they did not exist:

Small houses such as Old Kent Cottage are rare survivals, mainly due to the fact that they are more difficult to adapt to changing living requirements. A small building such as this with a large open hall and a fairly low storey height does not convert well to a fully-floored building and as a result these buildings were more often rebuilt than adapted

Old Kent Cottage was probably built within the mid to late 15th century and escaped any substantial changes until the 18th century when a substantial brick chimney stack was inserted into the low-end bay of the hall. As a result of this the structure lost its cross passage and changed to a lobby entry plan form.


A Vernacular Building Survey of the Red House and Associated Structures, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Commissioned by the Britten-Pears Foundation


Chartwell, Westerham, Kent: Historic Building Survey Commissioned by The National Trust

ChartwellA programme of alternate or progressive rebuild resulted in the current layout of the historic core of the present house. The earliest visible surviving remains are those of  a north – south three – bay, four storey building with significantly tall storey heights constructed between 1515 and 1546. The roof over the range is original to the construction and is of the clasped purlin type utilising very substantial timbers of medieval scantling. It is clear that this surviving structure was part of a larger complex in the construction details which were tailored around an already existing northern range. The northern range may have been a projecting crosswing (projecting out to east and west of the current main range) which was later rebuilt in the early 18th century. The Library ceiling is representative of the 18th century rebuild with the western end of the ceiling clearly truncated. The truncation was carried out to create a uniform façade of Flemish bond brickwork symmetrical about a central projecting porch. The house was then significantly extended throughout the 19th century, first to the east of the main range, followed by the south end and then the north block built as a service block for the Campbell-Calquhoun family in the late 19th century. The final significant phase of development at the property was undertaken by the architect Philip Tilden for Sir Winston Churchill in the 1920s. The Churchill family owned the property until 1946 but remained in residence until Sir Winston’s death in 1965.


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