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The Hall on the Green, Quorn

Loughborough Monitor - 15th March 1963

Efforts are to be made to preserve one of Leicestershire's oldest houses - the "cruck" house in Station Road, Quorn.

Although the building is unremarkable in appearance, it was erected by possibly the oldest method of house building there is, explained Leicester Museum's Keeper of Antiquities, Mr D T-D Clarke, this week.

"At each end of what was to be the house, two large timbers were inclined towards each other, forming two triangles. Then the tops were joined by another horizontal beam, the ends were walled with mud or with wattle and daub, and the sloping sides were thatched to become the roof," he said. "Sometimes a very low wall was built at the lower edge of the roof, but these houses in their original form are more or less solid triangles in appearance. There are 40 to 50 houses known in Leicestershire" he added.

Barrow Rural Council are interested in the Quorn cruck house because although it is considered to be unsuitable for habitation, it is scheduled as being of great architectural interest. The house, which dates back about 400 years, is in the second schedule of buildings to be preserved, so it carries a fairly high priority. Discussions are to be held with the owner, and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings may be called in to give advice.

Footnote - This building on Station Road was demolished and a modern row of shops erected.

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 Submitted on: 2010-09-25
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 Artefact ID: 918
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