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Useful material may also be found in topOgraphical works, and
the accounts of travellers in the more remote parts of these islands,
when journeys in this country were looked upon as serious under-
takings worthy of record. Earlier than these are the mediaval
surveys of the possessions of the great nobles and the religious
establishments, such as the Liber Henrici a’e Soliaco, A boati: Glaston
in the year 1189, and they also are of value.

Three great modern dictionaries, the English Dictionary on
Historical Principles published by the University of Oxford, the
Dictionary of A rc/zitectnre published by the Architectural Publication
Society, and Professor VVright’s Eng-[isle Dialect Dictionary, also
provide the student of old English building with rich material.

Mediaeval glossaries, such as the Promptorimn Par'zmlormn and
the Cat/zolicon A nglicum, and English glosses on Latin texts, such
as those published in the VVright-Wiilcker Vocabularies, are also
useful, as they give the early names of the parts of ordinary
buildings, and indicate the construction almost as much by their
omissions as by their inclusions; although the glossaries and
dictionaries are somewhat dull reading, they provide valuable

Technical books for the” workers in the building trades were first
produced in the seventeenth century; at first they supplemented
the traditional methods of oral instruction in the crafts and have
now almost supplanted them. As far as the writer knows, the first
technical series was published by Joseph Moxon, under the title
of Mec/zanick Exercises or T lze Doctrine of Handy l/Vor/es in the
year 1677, and it is frequently quoted in the following pages.
Some of his instructions are curiously modernl. HiS‘Exercises
included trades other than building, such as printing, and ran
through several editions. Since Moxon’s time the books on
building construction have been produced in ever-increasing

Secular buildings of small importance have received much more
attention in the Teutonic countries of the Continent than has been
given to them in these islands, and there is a very copious literature
on the subject, such as K. Rhamm’s Urzeitlicne Banernkofe and
his Alts/awiscke Wo/znzmg‘, Mejborg’s Gamle Dans/3e erm, and

1 Such as the warning that workmen, in hot weather, do not like to dip every brick
in a ‘pale’ of water, as they should, because it is troublesome and makes their fingers
sore, preferring to throw ‘pales’ of water on the wall after the bricks are laid.


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