Paston Hall Reconstruction Update

This page is intended to show progress of the Paston Hall 3D model.

James has finally begun work on the 3D model. He has assessed all the evidence and is currently writing an essay entitled 'Paston Hall - a new appraisal'. The essay looks at all the evidence gathered over the last year including the Ground Penetrating Radar results and provides a context for the reconstruction.

Model update:
July 5th 2016
Description:
After a long period of inactivity, I have made substantial progress with the Hall. I was not happy with the direction I was going and after revisiting the evidence and having a slight reconciliation with Boydell I now feel much happier with my approach. I have tried to illustrate the two key phases of the original Hall and William Paston (WP) rebuild.

The east and north wings which include the chapel and service buildings will be from the earlier period with a few WP additions. The south wing is based on the building seen the portrait of WP and the west wing which fronts onto the courtyard is based on the Boydell painting. The entire scope is contained within the footprint shown by the Radar survey.

Model update:
August 27th 2014
Description:
I decided a month ago to revisit the textures. It was a big decision as it involved much faffing about in order to create seemless quoin stones, etc. I'm guessing I'm about 70% done with the new flint/stone textures - it's a real chore, but needs to be done before I can continue the reconstruction. The new textures can be seen to the right of the building in the image below.

Model update:
July 17th 2014
Description:
Front elevation coming along nicely

Model update:
July 12th 2014
Description:
Starting to apply some textures

Model update:
July 7th 2014
Description:
West elevation showing the original hall and courtyard and sketch of the hall looking north towards the William Paston rebuild.

West elevation

Paston Hall Sketch


Model update:
June 24th 2014
Description:
I've spent a lot of time revisiting what the original 15th century Hall may have looked like. There have been many iterations, but having seen the recent images of East Barsham Hall, I saw some similarities with the Boydell picture and currently favour the style below.

Latest incarnation

Model update:
May 30th 2014
Description:
I've remodeled the dutch gables of the William Paston rebuild to suit those seen in the portrait and the architecture of the time. I've also started on the west elevation of the original fifteenth century hall. There has been an awful lot of reconsideration as I build, so it's a case of two steps forward, one step back. I grow increasingly confident that the building seen in the portrait is the southern part of the hall that William Paston built after the fire. Think of it as a mini version of Hampton Court Palace, where William III built his baroque extension onto the existing Tudor palace.

Southern and eastern aspect

Model update:
May 23rd 2014
Description:
I've rebuilt the southern aspect today as things were beginning to get a bit messy in terms of ploygons and vertices.

Southern aspect


Model update:
May 22st 2014
Description:
Spent the morning blocking out the layout according to my best judgement and using the eye of faith. Beginning to question whether 36ft is too high.

Possible layout


Model update:
May 21st 2014
Description:
Work is getting in the way a bit, so there has not been an update for a while, however, I have started to consider scale and proportions. Based on the Boydell painting and the representation of the hall in the William Paston portrait, I have now settled on a magic number - 36.
36 feet is my best guess of the height of the hall to the top of the third storey (so not including the roof). I have spent quite some time cajoling the model to fit with the GPR, Boydell and the portrait and feel reasonably happy with 36ft. I can now progress with the knowledge that the scale of the reconstruction is as accurate as I can make it.

Scale diagram

Scale diagram