chapter  4
Walls
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In places the lime mortar rendering to the cottages gets damaged by the sledges and breaks away, especially around the base at exposed corners, and an observant tourist will see that the material behind the rendering is rather unusual – not brick, stone or wood but a reddish-brown clay mixed with chips of wood and grit. These houses are constructed of cob, an ancient building material not dissimilar to the clay and earth used to build the mud huts of Africa, or the adobes of Mexico, and which was used from the earliest recorded times in England for cheap housing in rural areas.