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Cruck Roofs


Pairs of crucksGlossary Term or curved timbers were made by splitting the trunk and main branch of a single tree. They are linked by a tie beam or collar to form the basic framework of both walls and roof.

Cruck House, Ledbury, Worcs.

BaseGlossary Term crucksGlossary Term, used in larger buildings, finish below the apex of the roof, providing support for raftersGlossary Term above.

More on timber wall construction


Further Reading:

F.W.B. Charles, Timber-framed buildings, in N. Pevsner, Buildings of England, Worcestershire 1968