16th January 2012 – Laycock Abbey

Steve, Pam, Jackie and me on the way to Swansea for a few days, stopped for break at Laycock Abbey.  Cold, but walked around the much-used-in-movies/TV streets.  Two buildings caught my particular interest:

 

Re-used capitals in a small cottage

And

Half a Cruck-framed gable end

Both on a street in Laycock near the church.  Seriously over the top carved capitals used to excess and without columns or masonry to support, or any other context.  And half a split bent Oak tree trunk, attached to its other (but hidden) half, to form the timber gable structure that is a vital part of the timber structure of the house.  The stone and brickwork don’t hold it up, they just keep the draughts out.

 

 

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