SU9936 : Dunsfold church: the south porch

near to Dunsfold, Surrey, Great Britain

Dunsfold church: the south porch
Dunsfold church: the south porch
I can't find any mention of this porch in my 1971 copy of the Surrey volume of 'The Buildings of England'. It may be a minor feature of the church, but it's certainly a picturesque one.

The hefty uprights on either side look pretty crude - a village carpenter's job - but the cracks ('shakes') in them are worth a closer look. There are two pairs of uprights, inner and outer, on either side of slit 'windows'. Look at the base of the inner member on the right, and you see a roughly triangular pattern of flaws. Compare the base of the corresponding left-hand member, and (making allowance for the ravages of centuries) you see what is roughly a mirror image. Cracks at the top of the same uprights confirm the relationship. The two uprights are adjacent cuts off the same log, arranged so that they mirror one another. The same is true of the outer pair. Whether this was done primarily for structural reasons or aesthetic ones would be hard to say - but I'm sure village carpenters were used to going a long way to meet the flaws in their materials.

I'll confess that I didn't notice the 'book-matching' at the time of taking the photo, only when I saw it on my screen at home.
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