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Black and White Houses

Black and White Houses

Black and White Houses
Welcome to Black and White timber frame buildings. This site is dedicated to black and white or timber-framed [oak-framed] buildings generally, as well as modern timber-frame buildings.

It’s not a directory, more a celebration of these simple, beautiful, ecological and robust houses which have withstood the test of time throughout the British Isles since the fourteenth century, are lived in to this day, and are still being built by carpenters, timber-frame builders and self builders today.

Adding to the existing village and town slideshows, there is now a slideshow for Hereford, although it doesn’t do it justice as there are still too few and still lacking the centrepiece of Hereford’s black and white, hopefully coming soon. I was sent some photographs of Nantwich a while ago and have finally created the Nantwich slideshow, although this too has very few pictures as yet. I’ve also heard from someone in Worcestershire, so expect a new slideshow soon.

Some villages and even towns in some counties have predominantly black and white or, more accurately, timber-framed, houses with wattle and daub walls and cruck frames. Cruck frames were a very common technique in vernacular house building, certainly pre-Norman, most probably Celtic. A cruck-frame consists of a pair of curved timbers (the cruck blades), which were often cut from one tree. A collar (and sometimes a tie-beam) joins the blades together.

See our website for further details, useful information and some great images.

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