SS7605 : Knathorn Farm renovations c1979 (detail)

taken 40 years ago, near to Oldborough, Devon, Great Britain

Knathorn Farm renovations c1979 (detail)
Knathorn Farm renovations c1979 (detail)
The picture shows the way in which many cob and stone houses were constructed in the West Country; the wall at the bottom is nearly a metre thick, the upper cob sections being no more than a foot or so..... cement render completes the weather proofing. The principle was to keep water from getting into the cob; if this was achieved through regular maintenance, the wall would last for ages, as has been demonstrated in many of England's oldest buildings. The composition of cob goes back into pre-history; Clough Williams-Ellis wrote a fascinating book about it after he had built Portmeirion using similar methods.
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Date Taken
1979   (more nearby)
Friday, 13 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Housing, Dwellings 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SS 7675 0500 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:49.8824N 3:45.0897W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SS 7676 0499
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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