Wattle and Daub
This is an example of what "wattle and daub" walls look like. Wattle and Daub is a way of forming a structure that serves the same purpose as walls today. Wattle was made by weaving reeds together like a basket between two supports (what we would know as studs). Daub created the semi-smooth finish as seen, daub was essentially mud. The Daub would act somewhat like sheetrock or plaster. (my words)
Wattle and daub is one of the oldest building techniques dating back to the Bronze Age and beyond. Wattling is a way to build walls by weaving long flexible sticks in and out of upright posts. Hazel, which is pliable and grows naturally long, is a good species to use for wattle. It is also the preferred wood used by straw bale builders to pin bales together.
The House That Moved. A 15th century half timber house, located in a part of Exeter's old town became a worldwide news story when it was moved, literally, to make room for a new by-pass in 1961. The house was uprooted from its foundations, encased in a wooden structure and moved 70 meters further down the road on castors to where it now stands, no worse for the wear. Now a bridal boutique.
St Bartholomew's gatehouse that leads to the oldest parish church in London - St Bartholomew-the-Great - was built in the sixteenth century. It was only when a first World War German Zeppelin bomb in 1916 fell nearby that the tiles to this arch fell off to reveal this Elizabethan half timber fronted house built in 1597.
Little Moreton Hall is a moated 15th-century half-timbered manor house 4 miles southwest of Congleton, Cheshire. It is one of the finest examples of timber-framed domestic architecture in England. The earliest parts of the house were built around 1450; the remainder was constructed in various campaigns by three successive generations of the family until around 1580.