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Stephen Gray – Building a Medieval House

March 2nd @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Stephen Howard Gray MSc Dip Arch ACIfA APMP IHBC

In 45 years of professional practice Stephen’s career has ranged across both public and private sectors and gone beyond his first discipline of Architecture to include and often combine the disciplines of Project Management, Historic Building Conservation and Archaeology.

He has an MSc degree in Historic Building Conservation, is a Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology. He is a retired member of the Association for Project Management,  Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

From 1975 with the Department of the Environment, he was architect for many Royal Air Force projects and project manager for United States Air Force projects in the United Kingdom. In 1987, he was head-hunted into private practice as design team leader for a new retail development in the Central Darlington Conservation Area.

As a director of Weldon Walshe Architects from 1993 he undertook restoration projects to many of London’s listed buildings and established his reputation as a heritage consultant.

He has been a consultant trainer to professional staff of The National Trust and the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate. He has been a visiting lecturer at Bournemouth University School of Conservation Science and an external architecture tutor for Oxford Brookes University.

Stephen’s experience of historic buildings ranges from 14th Century buildings to those of the 20th Century Modern Movement, including many listed at Grades 1 and 2* and scheduled Ancient Monuments.

He is currently researching the construction chronology for The National Trust’s Old Clergy House at Alfriston.



The Medieval houses that survive in our countryside have stood for more than half a millennium, a testimony to the soundness of their construction. These houses were not built by farmers for themselves, between seed time and harvest, but by skilled professional carpenters following the craft traditions of their guild.

The craft of carpenters and related tradesmen is reflected in many modern English surnames, Forester, Thatcher, Tyler, Pargeter and so on.

Medieval construction reflected not only these tradesmens’s craft, but all of the essential features of modern construction projects, budgets, procurement, contracts, logistics and programmes.

Stephen Gray’s lecture is a month by month story of building a Medieval house commencing with getting permission from the lord of the manor, forming the carpenter’s contract, felling, baulking and working the timbers, erecting the frame, thatching and daubing and making the house ready for occupation.


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March 2nd
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Newdigate Village Hall
Newdigate, RH5 5DA United Kingdom
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