Looking at Buildings

, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Saturday 17th April 2021

Cruck Roofs

crucksGlossary Term [1] 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.

BaseGlossary Term [2] crucksGlossary Term [3], used in larger buildings, finish below the apex of the roof, providing support for raftersGlossary Term [4] above.

More on timber wall construction [5]


Further Reading:

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

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009