Mermaid Street lies
in the heart of a Conservation Area with delightful Georgian and
half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, pretty harbour and quirky shops.
It is storybook lovely, with cobbles running steeply downhill and
historic houses either side.
It is home to the famous Mermaid
Inn, which is one of England’s oldest and is stuffed with four posters
and secret passageways.Turn the corner and there is Lamb House, home of E
F Benson when he was writing his
novels, and earlier by Henry James, who wrote three masterpieces there,
The Wings of a Dove, The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl. It is now in
the hands of the National Trust.
Bernkastel-Kues is a well-known winegrowing town on the Mosel river in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany. It’s a health resort and the birthplace of one of the most famous German polymaths, the mediaeval churchman and philosopher Nikolaus von Kues (Cusanus). It lies in the Moselle valley, ~ 50 km from Trier. The earliest evidence of human habitation (3000 BC) was discovered by archaeologists in Kues. About AD 370, Decimus Magnus Ausonius, the Roman poet and teacher at the Imperial court, wrote his poem Mosella. In the first half of the 11th century, Bernkastel had its first documentary mention. Worth seeing is the mediaeval marketplace with its gabled timber-frame houses from the 17th century, among other beautiful sights.
Braunschweig, most often associated with Barbarossa, is among the great losses of architectural heritage in Europe. The city featured a unique collection of countless gothic timber frame houses of exceptional quality and style.
View from Wernigerode Castle towards the Brocken in the Harz Mountains, Sachsen-Anhalt, Northeastern Germany. Described by the German poet Hermann Löns as the “brightly colored town by the Harz”, Wernigerode has an impressive medieval town center with rows of charming timber-framed houses. It’s dominated by a castle that is open to visitors and lies on the German Timber-Frame Road and the Orange Route, a Dutch-German scenic route. The town is a good base for exploring the Harz on foot or by mountain bike. It was first mentioned in 1121 and was granted town rights in 1229. Its heyday came during the 14th/15th century as it grew wealthy through trading in cloth, beer, and brandy. After WW2, it fell on the East German side of the border. In 2004 it celebrated the 775th anniversary.
Michelstadt is a small town in the Odenwald in Hessen, Central Germany, between Darmstadt and Heidelberg, pop.: ~16,000. It was first mentioned in documents in 741. Its Altstadt (Old Town) features many timber-framed houses, there’s an old town wall, a gothic church, and a few castles around.
ancient high house ▴ stafford, staffordshire, england
the ancient house is the largest timber framed house in england. it is an elizabethan structure constructed in 1594 from oak that anecdotally came from the nearby doxey wood. many of the original timbers bear carpenter’s marks, indicating that the frame was pre-assembled on the ground and the joints numbered to aid the on-site construction; some timbers have additional joint housings cut into them, which would suggest that they have been reused from an even earlier structure (it was not unheard of for a building to be dismantled and rebuilt at a different location — hence the expression to ‘up-sticks’, which means to move house).