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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Laser Scanning of Wales' Oldest Dated Church Roof





Grosmont Church PNG – Image from the registered point cloud data (Aberystwyth University).(Crown Copyright)

Royal Commission Investigators Susan Fielding and Louise Barker have been involved in laser scanning the oldest dated church roof in Wales. Working with Marek Ososinski and Dr Fred Labrosse  of the Computer Science Department at Aberystwyth University, the entire nave of St Nicholas Church Grosmont was scanned on Friday 2nd March. As well as providing a complete, 3-dimensional record of the crown-post roof, dated by the Oxford Dendro Lab to between 1214-1244, the scanning recorded details of the 13th century nave arcading, later alterations and the range of memorials inside the church.  As well as providing a comprehensive archive record of the structure, the laser scan will be used to produce detailed and accurate plans and cross-sections of the structure. A detailed scan was also produced of an intricate memorial stone dating to the 17th century. Many thanks are given to Dr Jean Prosser, vicar of St Nicholas for her kind help in allowing the survey. 
Scanning of the 17th century memorial stone.(Crown Copyright) IMG 6527


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