Traditional Building Materials (Shire Library)

Traditional Building Materials (Shire Library)

Matthew Slocombe


metal and glass now dominate smooth British towns, however the nation can nonetheless boast thousands of older homes developed of extra conventional construction fabrics. Many date from the interval ahead of effortless national transportation, while those fabrics have been often grown on or extracted from land within the locality. accordingly, Britain has a different legacy of vernacular structures that echoes its multitude of alternative landscapes. They show a wealthy and vibrant palette of fabrics from the honey-coloured stone of the Cotswolds, to the crimson earth of Devon and gray granite of Aberdeen. during this publication, constructions historian Matthew Slocombe explores the way in the community produced constructional assets have formed Britain's architectural historical past, no matter if staff' cottages or nation homes. He appears on the diversity of fabrics used for partitions and roof coverings, and explores the procedures wanted for his or her extraction, construction and manufacture. He additionally considers the wealth of craft abilities required for his or her use, together with masonry, carpentry, roofing, leadwork and masses extra.

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