The Englishman's House; A Practical Guide for Selecting and Building a House

The Englishman's House; A Practical Guide for Selecting and Building a House

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...bricks above. The wooden posts and pans were let into the external half brick, and well built in, the ornamental woodwork in inch oak screwed to the wood-quartering, the space between them filled with plaster with an ornamental pattern stamp on it, and the columns and entablature were of oak. The next elevation given is that of the side front, with its gable, in the centre of which is a small circular window, opening on to a terrace over the colonnade; the scroll at the side is a construction to permit the flues from the lower portion of the basement to ascend the tower walls; flue sweeping doors could be placed there. A section of the lower part of the building is given, taken through the centre of the house, showing the principal staircase and the external steps to garden. The perspective view shows the garden front. Wooden houses were once the chief kind of construction in England. The great fire of London would not have been so serious in its results if such constructions had not been almost universal. In many parts of England these houses have other designations. There is a mode of building peculiar to each, and adapted to the kind of material that the district offers. In Cambridgeshire, for instance, many of the houses are formed entirely of "Clunch," a kind of indurated chalk marl, of which there are extensive quarries at Eoach, near Burwell. Others are of gault, a local term for the blue clay which lies below the gravel of Cambridgeshire, and forms the immediate substratum in the low ground about it. This is beaten up with chopped straw, then formed into blocks of large size, and dried by the sun. A writer in the "Cambridge Portfolio," in his remarks on what he terms the inferior stylo of domestic architecture, says: ...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236641957
  • 9781236641953