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Cruck

One of a pair of large curved structural timbers, forming the wall posts and roof rafters of timber-framed houses; they are joined at the top of the frame where they support a ridge beam.

crutch, cruck

One of a pair of naturally curved timbers that rise from the outer walls to support the ridge beam, each crutch being called a blade, 4; joined at the top and connected by one or two tie beams, the resulting arched frame forming the unit in the framework of old English houses or farm buildings; pairs of crutches were placed at approximately equal intervals.
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The Cruck Cottage is now set to welcome as many visitors to the cottage as possible over coming months.
That year, Mr Bernard A Porter, FRIBA, from the Birmingham Architectural Survey, noted how "this building is one of the very best early examples of the rare 'cruck' method of timber frame construction to be found in this country.
Kate Wilson, Heritage at Risk principal adviser for the North East at English Heritage said: "This is a really special building, and an astonishingly rare combination of timber-framed cruck construction and heather thatch still in place.
The view is 'only' of a 1530-1540 gate house and an adjacent medieval 'cruck frame' Lower Brockington manor house, built between 1380-1400 using estate wood that is thought to have been limewashed to help it to remain preserved.
The runner up that day, Cruck Realta, is a decent yardstick but Contributer really impressed with his final kick in the closing stages.
CrucK Barn, Bryn YorKin Manor, Bryn YorKin Lane, Flintshire WHAT?
In third place by progeny earnings is Sixties Icon, the sire of Italian Group 3 winner Chilworth Icon and the Listed-placed pair Cruck Realta and Effie B.
"We are aware of an old farmhouse in the north of the island which has the old-style cruck construction and may date from the 14th century, having got left behind by modernisation."
Dumfriesshire's Historic Cruck Cottage hosted a Christmas celebration to thank supporters and the local community after a devastating fire.
A rare example of a cruck barn is for sale at Church Farm Mews in Church Road, Dosthill, Staffordshire A cruck frame is where a pair of long curved timbers lean inwards to support the roof.
Black Poplars were regularly used by medieval housebuilders and cartmakers: when split, branches made perfect crucks for cruck barns.
Channon has trained five of them, including the Italian Group 3 winner Chilworth Icon and Listed-placed pair Cruck Realta and Effie B.