But few would realise that many of the stone walled farm houses were originally timber framed Elizabethan buildings. It is now apparent that this house is not a lone relic but one of many houses of great age that that still stand, in good repair, in daily use and still retain many of their original features. What is remarkable is that some of these houses are as much as years old. It has been demonstrated and acknowledged that through tree ring dating [dendrochronlogy ] it has been possible to establish not only the year [felling date] for the timbers but also the season in which they were felled. The project with its surveys has been able not only to date these houses but to gather the evidence to identify and distinguish between houses such as, Cruck frames, Open hall house, Timber frames and changes in the Snowdonia houses themselves, leading to the variations and then Gentry Farm houses.
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Box frame[ edit ] A simple timber frame made of straight vertical and horizontal pieces with a common rafter roof without purlins. The term box frame is not well defined and has been used for any kind of framing with the usual exception of cruck framing. The distinction presented here is that the roof load is carried by the exterior walls. Purlins are also found even in plain timber frames. Cruck frame[ edit ] A "true" or "full" cruck half-timbered building in Weobley , Herefordshire , England: The cruck blades are the tall, curved timbers which extend from near the ground to the ridge.
Nonetheless, what we are particularly interested in for this story are the earliest settlers and their New England colonial architectural style. For this purpose, we head to Dedham, Massachusetts, where we find the oldest wood-frame house in North America: Fairbanks House, photo taken in
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