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The Hall - inside, West Stow Saxon Village


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Reconstructed roof. A variety of traditional methods were used to build the roof. A range of under-layers visible from the inside include woven Norfolk reed (known as fleeking) and Rye straw, these provide the support layer. Heather fixed to the rafters using willow, provides a base layer on top. An upper layer of Rye straw - 'the weathering coat' keeps the hall dry.

17th Aug 2006 by Diane Earl


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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Roofing Saxons Saxon thatching roof Suffolk West Stow Anglo-Saxon buildings house village Dark-Ages archaeology thatch fire commune communal hall dwelling settlement family interior construction

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