Features and details of vernacular buildings

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This page is intended to develop a record of building details which may now or at a later date, with more research, allow us to date building histories more accurately.

Roofing materials

Types of roofing materials and batten centres.

Screw threads

Dates for the development of screw threads, nuts and bolts.

King post roof

Details found in an early 19C King Post roof

Dendro Dated

Examples of features found in timbers that have been dendro dated between the 15th and 17th Centuries.

15C Cottage

Roof details of a 15C Cottage.

Jointed crucks and cob walls

Exposed cruck ends may indicate former cob walls.

Vernacular building details gallery

Typical building details with their suggested dates.

Radio Carbon Dating of building timbers

The radio carbon dating of late medieval elm timbers.