Finding marriage marks…

Meanwhile, back in Ipswich, November, 2014: The open ceiling revealed amazing detail within the kitchen.

For example, Bob noted that above the fireplace, there are “marriage marks.”

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The beam timber on the right shows the Roman numeral II (this is fairly easy to see). The connecting timber also shows the number II (written vertically instead of horizontally), although it is somewhat faded.

These marks were made by a 17th century carpenter to identify where one beam fits to another.

The use of marriage marks may indicate that the wood was cut off-site to be reassembled on location; or, perhaps, the carpenter had pre-cut multiple timbers on-site and used the marks as a reminder of where each piece would connect when assembling the building frame.

More marriage marks in the kitchen, along a horizontal beam:

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(This appears to be an inverted Roman numeral VII.)

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(This is the joining inverted Roman numeral VII, which connects to the wall beam above it.)

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