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vi PREFACE

colour, we are here more concerned with their historic relationship
to the building construction of the present time. But this is
too large a subject to be treated in extcnso, and the less known
forms have therefore been described more fully. The crucks
have received more attention than the posts and trusses, and
thatch has been preferred before slates.

The available materials are manifold though often fragmentary,
and of those which the writer has collected, only such have been
used as seemed to be essential to the subject. The necessary
size of the book must be responsible if in some cases the state-
ments seem to be too summary, and the argument occasionally
to advance per saltmn.

The highways and byways in which the materials have been
sought, are indicated in the first chapter, and, later, the place of
origin of each statement is named in the text or in a footnote, as
this was felt to be desirable with a new subject. In succeeding
chapters the most primitive types of building still to be found are
examined and the development of the principal framework from
attempts adequately to support the roof ridge is described. After
the woodwork, the carpenter or wright, his tools, and his materials
naturally receive attention. The chapters which follow deal with
the walls, floors, and roof coverings, and openings in the building,
as doors and windows. Of these, as of the framework, an attempt
has been made to trace their evolution to the forms which are in
use to-day, and in the final chapter the principal modern materials,
whose history is only short, and the apparent tendencies of the time
are discussed.

This book has been extended from a series of articles by the
writer which appeared in T he Building News during 1912 and
1913, and the writer’s thanks are due to the editor for permission
to republish them in this form. The writer’s hearty thanks are
also due to all who have given him information, especially to
Mr S. O. Addy, M.A., author of lee Evolution of Me English Home,
who supplied much information which would not otherwise have

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