Shapes of Buildings

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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

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Wattle is a woven mat made of willow, hazel, reeds or sticks running horizontally intertwined with upright staves.  The ends of the pliable wattle are often sprung into a wattle groove in the upright studs of the frame and stave sockets in the horizontal timbers hold the ends of the staves.

Daub uses clay and dung.  In later 18th century work, a lime skim was used over earlier daub plaster (lime, sand, water and hair) or mud to produce a thick coat covering the daub which gives a smooth finish on both the inside and outside.

Once the daub was dry, several coats of limewash were applied.  This produced a waterproof coating which also had the benefits of being a fire retardant and a disinfectant and allowed the structure to breathe.

The whole construction, including the timber frame which is pegged, can accept movement without cracking.  But it is not compatible with many modern materials, especially impervious paints.

Rye Conservation Society is a registered charity - Charity No. 283888

Wattle and Daub
weatherboarding Timber Framed Houses