Opening up works to the kitchen exposes the original brick floor (laid directly on the soil) and deteriorated Oak framing as a consequence of insect attack.
Both will need preserving for prosperity. The Oak beam is to be strengthened with the introduction of a Flitch plate. The brick floor will be cleaned and retained, as a result of which a floor substrate that can breathe is to be used instead of a modern DPM and concrete slab. This is to be supplied by Mike Wye & Associates.