November, 2020


Half timbered houses appear throughout Worcestershire and parts of Warwickshire, especially around Stratford upon Avon. They are charming buildings dating from Medieval England which have stood the test of time.

What is half timbering?

  • Their style shows darkened oak beams, which is a natural ageing process of the wood
  • Oak was abundant, the most commonly used building material and is hard and durable
  • Logs were halved or cut down to a square inner section
  • Walls were filled in between the structural timbers
  • Infill was wattle and daub, laths and plaster or bricks
  • Additional dark timbers were often added to the structure to provide decorative enhancement within the design, set off against the whitewash
  • When wood ran into short supply bricks were introduced as a cheap supply of building material and an attractive alternative
  • Floors tended to slope or slant over the centuries which is a natural result of the wood warping with age

Pritchard & Company has a splendid thatched example of a half timbered house for sale:

The Thatch in Radford WR7 is a charming period property thought to date back to the 17th Century and is typical of many half timbered properties found across this part of Worcestershire. Guide price £725,000. 

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