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26 CURVED TREE PRINCIPALS [CII.

ago, and much earlier in the South, but which are still in use in the
Highlands of Scotland and the West of Ireland. Planets which
are at a greater distance from the sun receive less light than those
which are nearer to it, and through long ages, until modern times,
the Continent of Europe played the part of the sun for the culture
ofthese islands. If immigrant Flemings improved timber building
in the Eastern Counties, and this has been by no means proved,
such an improvement is merely evidence of the influence of that
Continental culture which was ever less strongly felt as the
distance from the East and the South increased.

 

 

 

 

 

Fig. 7. House at Scrivelsby. Lincolnshire. The roof rests directly on the ground
and the ridge-tree is carried by pairs of inclined straight principals or crucks,
two in each gable.

At Scrivelsby, near Horncastle, in Lincolnshire, is an example
of a permanent house of the same form as the ‘ Schap-koven’ and
the charcoal-burners’ but of the South of England. It is popularly
known as ‘ Teapot Hall ’ (Fig. 7)1. Its timbers are stout and
carefully put together: at each angle of the building there is a
pair of sloping posts, which are connected by horizontal tie-beams,
just as are the sloping posts or rafters of the ‘ skali ’ from Jemtland

1 The illustration is reproduced, with the publishers’ permission, from Mr S. O. Addy’s
Evolulz'w: q/t/ze Eng/2'3}: Home, in which the house is described.

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