A very interesting photo, Rosa, in the evolution of architecture style. The beautiful old stone walls and georgian windows in the far house has changed to dull red brick and plain windows. I am intrigued by the stone 'mushrooms', do you know what they are? Happy New Year! Theolfa
Hi Theolfa, the stone 'mushrooms' are called staddle stones. They were used probably up to Victorian times when they were used as a base for granaries and hayricks to protect from vermin and water seepage. You see them in some Thomas Hardy films of old farmyards.
Fascinating, Rosa! So the granaries were wooden buildings balanced on top of 3 or 4 saddle stones, and the overhang of the 'mushroom' shape meant the mice would drop off. Clever! And now that Britain is wet and foggy from tons of melting snow, the water seepage is not a problem, either. Thanks for the explanation! Warm hugs, Theolfa
Hi Theolfa, I have just uploaded a 1950's photo of this farmhouse that I thought you might like to view. I found it in a local antique shop. It is taken from a different angle and as you can see is rendered and painted white.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, Rosa.
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Photo taken in Gillingham, Dorset, UK
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