Thatched roof
Roof purlins
Cruck frame
Wickerwork firehood

Structure Detail

Curry’s Cottage was built using two traditional construction methods, mud walls supporting a timber cruck frame.

The walls of Curry’s Cottage were formed using mud dug in the local area. In order to build this wall, timber formwork was built, mud was then poured in stages, drying between pours until the desired height was reached.

Tree ring analysis of the cruck frame in Curry’s Cottage showed that the timber used was bog oak, probably sourced from nearby peat bogs. The structure is created using curved timbers that lean inwards to form the ridge of the roof. These are secured using a horizontal beam forming the letter A. The cruck frame supports a series of rough narrow ‘purlins’ that carry the turf and thatch roof. The ceiling of Curry’s Cottage is open to the roof, exposing this structure.


Like thatch, mud walls have good insulating qualities due to their increased thermal mass, therefore the cottage will be warm in winter and cool in summer.

Using materials such as mud in the construction of walls allows the homeowner to repair the structure themselves, saving money and allowing them to become increasingly self sufficient.