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224 DOORS [CH.

known, Ballacarnane, Michael, and Ballakilpheric, Rushen, where
large stone pillars were set in front of the doorsl.’

It has already been shown that brushwood is easily developed
into wattlework, and this was much used for doors. Until recently
the doors of the South Yorkshire charcoal burners’ huts were made
of wattlework, and those of the bark peelers’ huts of High F urness
are- still so made; and wattlework doors to more permanent
buildings were in use in Cumberland in the eighteenth century. A

 

Fig. 62. Door of the South Yorkshire charcoal burners’
hut shown in Fig. 2. It has no fastening, and
when ‘open’ is simply leaned against a post
fixed in the ground.

century ago the gates in the Cotswolds were described as ‘little
more than strong hurdles, made of split ash, or willow, with little
workmanship or skill‘l.’ In Scandinavia, in the Middle Ages, the
doors of the houses of the ‘coloni’ (villeins, or cottars), were
‘hurdles of twigs and sticks (vcendredor)3.’
It is unlikely that doors of wooden boards or battens were
1 P. M. C. Kermode and W. A. Herdman, Alanl': Antit/uz'ties, 2nd edition, p. 9r.

2 Thos. Rudge, General View of the Agrz'rullw-e qft/ze County qf Glouresler, p. [00.
3 Information kindly supplied to the writer by Mr Bernhard Olsen.

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