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HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT AND SURVEY OF OLD BUILDINGS
   '
An Advice Note for Those Who Care About Them' by Roger A C Cockett 2008

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                                                                          CONTENTS
        FRONT COVER
        TITLE PAGE
       
CONTENTS PAGE
  1.   THE STATUTORY LIST
  2.   PUBLISHED LISTS AND BOOKS DESCRIBING OLD BUILDINGS
 
3.   BUILDINGS NOT DESCRIBED IN LISTS OR BOOKS
 
4.   DECIDING ON A SURVEY OF A BUILDING
 
5.   HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT: THE TYPE AND PURPOSE OF A BUILDING
 
6.   HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT: ROOF CONSTRUCTION
 
7.   HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT: WALL AND FLOOR CONSTRUCTION
 
8.   HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT: DIFFICULTIES
 
9.   HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT: REMOVABLE ITEMS
10.
   HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT: PROCEDURE
11. 
  HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT: DATES AND DOCUMENTS
12.
   THE MEASURED SURVEY
13. 
  SURVEY SCALES
14.
   SURVEY MEASUREMENT UNITS
15.
   RECTANGULARITY
16.
   SURVEYS BASED ON ROOM ENVELOPES
17. 
  SURVEYS AND SECTIONS BASED ON A FRAMEWORK
18.
   SURVEYS BASED ON A GRID
19. 
  SURVEYS MADE BY BEARING & DISTANCE
20. 
  SURVEYS WITHOUT MEASURING TAPES
21. 
  "HIGH-TECH" SURVEYS
22.
   WHAT TO DO WITH THE COMPLETED ASSESSMENTS AND SURVEYS
Annexe 1    Three helpful Government web pages
Annexe 2    Books on Historic Buildings in Kent
Annexe 3    List of Recommended Books

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This Note is for the man with a measuring tape who wants to record an ancient building but wonders what to do next. We suggest that he (or she) should next read through the twenty two paragraphs in the first part of this Note. He will then be in a position to take some decisions about the building. If he finds his knowledge insufficient, he should be able to find a helpful book, or several, from the second part of this Note to take him (or her) further.
   One book is good. Two are better. Twenty eight are perhaps an excess, but new titles keep appearing. Thus while the books listed here are all recommended, some books not on the list may be as good or better.
   My thanks go to the members of the K.A.S. Historic Buildings Committee and to many others, who have offered comments for this Note.
                                                                                                      RACC   2008

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