West Stow: Farmer’s House

Anglo-Saxon house rises from the ashes at West Stow Anglo-Saxon village

The Farmer’s House at the centre of West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village is due to rise from the ashes, two years after being destroyed by fire.

Onsite construction will start with the cellar and floor during the week of June 18-25. The oak frame, floorboards and wall planks have been made by teams of skilled workers based in Ipswich and Essex and are now ready for assembly over the summer.

Lastly the house will be roofed with ash rafters and hazel battens and then thatched with a crop of spelt wheat grown especially for the project, probably in October.

The Anglo-Saxon village will remain open throughout the construction so visitors can watch as the building takes shape, using the same methods that it is believed Anglo-Saxons used to build their houses on this site, 1,500 years ago.

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Yesterday, I watched a video recording of the programme Gilbert White: The Nature Man

Often referred to as the founding father of the ecology movement, Gilbert White profoundly changed how we look at the natural world. His book The Natural History of Selborne (1787) is a deceptively simple account of wildlife through the seasons, which was, until the advent of Harry Potter, the fourth most published book in English.With White’s biographer Richard Mabey, Michael Wood travels from the bucolic landscapes of Hampshire to the grand intellectual societies of London and shows how White created his ecological revolution. Along the way, fans like David Attenborough and Alan Titchmarsh pay homage to the great man.

Gilbert White’s House

Gilbert White, curate at the Hampshire village of Selborne, was one of the first English naturalists to make careful observations of his surroundings and record these observations in a systematic way. White developed a deep insight into the inter-relationships of living things. He combined a naturalist’s skills with an ability to influence a wider audience through his writing.

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