Vernacular Timber Framed Buildings in Town and Country

Ref: C2227027

The course will look at the type of timber framed houses in which people lived in the late Middle Ages through to the 17th century, the marked differences between rural and urban houses and other buildings, and how the layout of the houses and their timber framing changed over the period.

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience required.

Course aim

The course introduces students to the smaller timber framed houses, their layout and construction, comparing the differing forms of urban and rural traditional buildings, and how all of this changed over time from the 15th to 17th centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • No previous knowledge is required, but it is hoped you will ask questions and contribute to the discussion from things you have seen in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex, and elsewhere.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the layout of a medieval open hall house
  • List the main differences between medieval houses in the town and those in the countryside
  • Identify the distinctive fronts of medieval shops
  • Describe the main changes in the method of timber framing used in vernacular buildings between the 15th and late 17th centuries

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Barnwell & Adams, The House Within Harris, Richard Discovering Timber-Framed Buildings Stenning & Andrews, Regional Variation in Timber-framed buildings in E & W down to 1550 Yorke, Timber Framed Buildings Explained

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Join the Suffolk Historic Buildings Group

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Vernacular Timber Framed Buildings in Town and Country

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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