Building Materials

These pages provide an insight into the materials that have been used to make buildings in Meldreth in the past and describes features of properties still inhabited today which have traditional materials in their construction.

The descriptions are illustrated by pictures of these features and provide links to more detailed descriptions of construction techniques, for instance thatching.

There is also an analysis of the villagers that worked in various aspects of the building trade using data from the census returns and trade directories.

We would be delighted if readers would add their own pictures and descriptions, particularly of interiors and floor plans. Please contact us if you have information you are willing to share.

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What are Meldreth buildings made of?
Wall and framework materials - brick, stone and cement
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What are Meldreth buildings made of?
Wall and framework materials: clunch and claybat
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What are Meldreth buildings made of?
Wall and framework materials: wattle and daub, lath and plaster, timber
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What are Meldreth buildings made of?
Roofing materials - thatch
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What are Meldreth buildings made of?
Roofing materials: tiles and slate