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Saxon Hall at Bishops Wood is rebuilt after fire
The main building
The new hall is modelled on a seventh century Saxon building

Work has been completed on reconstructing a Stourport learning centre that was destroyed in an accidental fire two years ago.

Saxon Hall, at Bishops Wood, burnt down after an ember from a cooking fire slipped through a crack in the clay hearth and started to smoulder beneath a wooden floor.

Thousands of children had visited the hall to learn about Saxons and Vikings.

It had been used to cook bread, spin wood, weave hurdles and make jewellery.

John Rhymer, head of Bishops Wood Centre, said: "We were devastated when our Saxon Hall burnt down.

"It had taken four years to construct, using the traditional methods of the period".

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National Grid and Worcestershire County Council paid for the work

The new hall is modelled on a building that was excavated at West Stow in Suffolk and was constructed by craftsmen who specialise in timber frame buildings.

What is left of the burnt remains is currently being studied by archaeologists to learn how ancient timbers and methods were destroyed, which may lead them to reinterpret the evidence from previous excavations.



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