Shapes of Buildings

Glimpses of  Countryside

Buildings Closing a View

Pavements & Streets

Timber Framed Houses

Wattle & Daub


Use of Bricks

Use of Stone

Stucco & Rendering

Tile Hanging

Mathematical Tiles

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The Coming of Slate

Glass and Glazing

Unusual Features in Rye

Cast Iron

Changes in Fashion

Shapes of Rye
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In 1377 most of the timber houses in Rye were destroyed when the French set fire to the town.  They were rebuilt using timber, notably oak frame construction, because there was a plentiful supply of wood but no good local stone.

The form of construction generally followed that of the "hall house" found in this part of south east England of which there are a number still surviving in Rye whilst small "fishermen's cottages" were crowded into parts of the town nearer the river.

The form of construction was a sturdy timber frame of large section oak, often pre-assembled on the ground and then hoisted into the vertical.  The first floor was frequently cantilevered out beyond the wall of the ground floor.  This spaced out the holes needed to form the joints between the ground floor posts and the first floor posts.  This jetty also left more space between the houses at street level.

Jettied first floor of timber framed house

Timber Framed House:

The Old Hospital, Mermaid Street

Timber Framed Houses

Images and text by John Griffiths, Rye Conservation Society

Wattle and Daub Pavements and Streets