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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A magnificent timber time machine

I recently had the pleasure of undertaking a site visit to probably the largest cruck frame building in Derbyshire.  The best part was that it still formed part of a working farm and was still used by the farmer.  Whilst I understand the need to preserve these buildings and to find a viable modern use it really was a pleasure to see this building being used in a similar manner to that of its original purpose, obviously it was no longer lived in.  The conversion of these buildings to homes and holiday lets does provide a modern use but it does result in a significant change in their character.  So much of the building is usually lost, hidden or replaced.  With the insertion of modern partition walls, new roof and compliance with building regulations you loose the internal aspect and what a loss it would be for this magnificent timber structure.  

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