John FitzGerald

John FitzGerald

Posted on 05/22/2017

Photo taken on July 17, 2011

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Flint 3

Flint 3
The oldest of the three flint houses I uploaded photos of today. This is a half-timber building in the original sense -- that is, it has a stone ground floor with timber construction above. The beams may well have been plastered over for much of its life. Again the raised gable ends are common features of older East Anglian houses and cottages.

All three houses are in/on Bishopgate in Norwich. The other two are posted to the left..

J. Gafarot, Diane Putnam have particularly liked this photo

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John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald
More flint:
Tombland, Norwich
16 months ago.
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific
I like this one the best.
16 months ago.
John FitzGerald has replied to Canadian Pacific
I do, too, Swire. I think the family that first lived here may have been a bit grander than the families who first lived in the other two.
16 months ago.
Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam
Oh yes, I like this one best, too. It is interesting to see the little river stones used (or, wherever they got them) and how nearly every corner in this timber style is cattywampus! Wonderful photos, John.
7 months ago.
John FitzGerald has replied to Diane Putnam
It seems the stones come from beaches, fields, and quarries. I'd go with the beach as the source of the stones here. These buildings are examples of proudwork (aka cobble work) -- the pointed ends of the stones face outwork and the joints recessed to protect the mortar.

Another notable cattywampus building in Norwich is Augustine Steward's house:

If you walk through the arch there's a view of its cattywampus back.
7 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to John FitzGerald
Nice info, thank you, John. Whoa, now that's the Queen of Cattywampus Architecture! Keeping it usable must have been a nightmare over the years.
7 months ago. Edited 7 months ago.
J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot
Thank you for the note.
7 months ago.