Ancient House at Clare, Great Britain

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

An example of old plaster work, as treated for external work, is to be seen in an ancient house at Clare, in Suffolk. This fine old half-timbered house, according to the date in the front, was built in 1473. Its most remarkable feature is the quaint treatment of the plaster work, which is in high relief, some of the enrichments rising 2 inches from the ground surface.

The ancient house at Clare, previously mentioned, is a combination of hand work and an old system of plastering, known as pargetting — plaster work decorated by means of stamps, the soft plaster being stamped or pressed to form repeated designs. Sometimes a happy combination of stamped and hand work was used for both exterior and interior plaster work.

The house today

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