Cedar timber cladding is as ubiquitous as stone in the UK. Used in the earliest structures across the area, cedar is one of the most beautiful and durable timbers available. Cedar cladding is resistant to moisture, so is less likely to rot. This makes it invaluable in the high humidity of parts of the UK, and one of the reasons that many ancient buildings stand to this day.

Historic Structures With Cedar Timber Cladding

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You can see historic structures that still have their centuries-old cladding in such places as the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. Not only will you see reenactments of activities from the history of the area, you will see authentic architecture and equipment used over time. They hold a food and folk festival as well as a wood show during which the artisans and craftsmen show how cedar cladding was once made by hand.

Structures in this property are great examples of beautiful wooden countryside buildings, with the hip roofs and Tudor styling. These buildings have been recognized by the government as being of national and/or international importance. They were carefully taken apart and moved to this site, to be carefully reconstructed by hand. Over 50 buildings, from worker’s huts to farmhouses and barns, give you a good feel for over 600 years of heritage, with different uses of cedar cladding used effectively and beautifully.

Bell Frame From St. Mary’s Church

From Stoughton, West Sussex, you will see the bell frame from St. Mary’s Church. This structure is covered with hand-cleft oak shingle cladding. The original structure was built around 1350. The second phase of building for this structure was around 1470. The spire itself is new, and was placed on the site of the museum in 2009. However, the structure and building was designed to be authentic, giving participants experience in ancient arts and construction techniques.

Upper Hall From Crawley

Crawley, Sussex, was home of the Upper Hall. Scheduled for demolition, it was discovered to be a more historic building that should be preserved. It was dismantled in 1972 and rebuilt on the site of the museum 6 years later. The long history of the building took it from being a town hall to an inn to a barn and storage shed. The construction of this building is a combination of cedar timber cladding and oak cladding, sandstone shingles, brick, and stucco, along with solid oak timbers.

Wollaton Hall

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Wollaton Hall, built in the late 1400s, is another great example of craftsmanship and design. This beautiful estate features stone structures, along with artistic and skillful use of oak and cedar cladding. All structures have undergone extensive remodeling and additions, but the basic structures are the same. Gardens and avenues were added, along with parks. However, lavish improvements during the 1800s failed to dim the beauty of the ancient building practices and materials that serve as the core of this striking estate.

Cedar cladding continues to be one of the most popular building materials in today’s structures. Small wonder. It is easy to work, and beautiful.

Beautiful Wooden Countryside Buildings

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