Norman Shaw's half-timbering
, for example, is completely out of place in these northern fells; as are the thousands of rhododendrons, presumably planted by Armstrong's wife, which now surround the place.
Lots of cream rendered brickwork, half-timbering
, dormer roofs and enough UPVC windows to rebuild a naff Crystal Palace (as in the world's biggest conservatory, not the soccer team).
There is much half-timbering
in the house, particularly in the 35ft by 20ft billiard room, which has an open-framed ceiling with a central skylight.
At the end of the avenue you enter an English country cottage, complete with make-believe half-timbering
and a little gabled roof.
In the fashion of the times, he added fancy half-timbering
, masking what is essentially a functional Victorian building, containing two swimming pools, known to generations of Cestrian school children as the Atlantic and Pacific.
A public house with extensive stabling arose to welcome visitors, and it later took on entirely fictitious half-timbering
to give it the appropriate rural feel.
There is half-timbering
on the exterior of the gable end of the building although inside the exposed beams are now covered.
The ground floor accommodation includes a spacious reception hall featuring archway with exposed half-timbering
and glass-fronted display cupboard; fitted cloakroom; inner hall; sitting room with natural stone fireplace and coal effect fire, tiled hearth and raised side shelves; dining room with natural stone fireplace, polished mantel and side shelf, arched recess and a wealth of exposed ceiling and wall timbers.
Formerly the vicarage to Holy Trinity Church, the house dates from around 1910 and is built of brick with mock half-timbering
to the upper elevations beneath a pitched, tiled roof.
At Bournville and Bordesley Green, Hay Mills and Harborne, builders and industrialists recreated the villages of rural England, complete with maypoles and half-timbering
, to re-establish a link with a past that had vanished so quickly and so completely.