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Traditional Building Materials

Matthew Slocombe

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 104

  • Publisher: Shire Publications

  • Date Published: Feb 2012

  • Stock Code: 34118

  • ISBN: 9780747808404

  • Binding: Paperback

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Britain can boast millions of older houses constructed with traditional building materials. Many date from the period before easy transportation, when these materials were used not far fom the place where they were produced. As a result, the country has a building legacy that echoes its varied landscapes, providing a rich and colourful palette that ranges from the honey-coloured stone of the Cotswolds to the red earth of Devon and pink-grey granite of Aberdeen. In this book, Matthew Slocombe explores the way in which traditional materials have shaped Britain's architectural heritage. He explores their use for walls, and roof coverings and the processes needed for their extraction and production. He also considers the wealth of craft skills required for their use, including masonry, carpentry,roofing, leadwork and much more.

Matthew Slocombe is a building historian who works for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. His interests span polite and vernacular architecture and embrace the practical as much as the academic side of traditional building.

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