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c1500 Medieval/Town Timber Framed Building.

Historic Timber Framed Building.

Timber Framed Building: Saved from demolition in 1988.

Saved from demolition in 1988.

Sometimes, the interesting treasures are hidden. This timber framed building is one. Located behind 50 Northbrook Street, it was very nearly lost in 1988.

This structure apparently dates back to the 1500s. When the taller building visible to the left was being refurbished this structure, which was described as an “old barn” was scheduled for demolition.

However, upon closer inspection by Berkshire County Council’s conservation officer, its significance was realised. Rather than just being a barn, this was a rare survivor of a late medieval/Tudor town dwelling.

It is similar to “Jack of Newbury’s” house. However, it is plainer and smaller. However, it would still have been the home of someone relatively prosperous.

Tucked behind the bigger building (50 Northbrook Street), it can only be seen from the adjacent Park Street. It is Grade II listed, as part of the listing of the bigger property.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 21 Aug 2017
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
  • Lens: Olympus 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length 14mm
  • F/3.5
  • 1/40 Sec
  • ISO 200

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