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🤩 Please keep posting all the cool pictures. It’s the only way for me (here on the continent) to learn more about the awesome hall houses of Medieval England.

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“I shall give a demo on Medieval/Early Tudor Food & Cookery @ Kingsbury Barn, Branch Road, St Albans. Hertfordshire AL3 4SE on Saturday 21st Sep 2019 from 12.00 - 12.40. This venue is a superb example of a medieval barn dating to 1379. Demo part of a 3 day MEDIEVAL DAZE festival”

Medieval barn dating to 1379 – yes please 😀
(Also food, :D)

Visited the Museum Of Everyday Life in Castle Waldenbuch 71111 / Germany. This town is known for it’s chocolate factory of Ritter Sport but it does indeed have a very nice medieaval town core – timber-framed buildings included.

The museum itself is simply great. The place is huge and there is so much to see. It was also a great place for the kids who in opposition to usual museum trips did not just run from room to room. The exhibits really catched their attention and we spent a surprisingly long time inside.

My personal highlight was the opportunity to see the Family Swevia and Reisecen live showcasing their deeds. Two great living history groups that really do put a lot of effort and research in their presentations.





We revisited Schiltach 77761 / Germany today and this time we were lucky. The Schüttesäge museum was open just as advertised. It’s free to visit and has a donation box.

Beside the framesaw and it’s water mills it also shows the history of Timber Rafting and Tanning in the area. A really small but nice museum.

After some refreshments – it was a very warm day this time – we moved over to the city museum that had a lot of stuff that could be touched or experimented with. A lot of fun for the kids. It also hosts a tiny library with books about the town – including several well known books about half timber by e.g. Manfred Gerner. This one is also free and has a donation box.

One of the most fascinating items on display is the model of the former “Zum Adler” inn (1604), that can be seen from the window of the museum.



Timber Framed Buildings Explained by Trevor YorkeTrevor Yorke
The complete guide to recognising and understanding timber-framed buildings. Using his own drawings, diagrams and photographs, Trevor Yorke takes the reader through the story of these buildings from 1200 to the present day.

ISBN 978-1-84674-220-0 / Timber Framed Buildings Explained by Trevor Yorke

Current read: Timber Framed Buildings Explained

That’d be my latest bible on / [for Britain] by Trevor Yorke. £7.95 / ISBN 978-1-84674-220-0 / Timber Framed Buildings Explained specially for my current interest in traditional hall houses.

Visited the museum of local history in Dornstetten 72280 / Germany, that is part of the “German Timber-Frame Road”. Didn’t look like much from the outside but I was very wrong on this. It’s located in the old tithe and fruit barn of this former administrative city.

The place itself was first mentioned in 767 AD in the Lorsch Codex and became a city in the 12th century and even gained the right to hold markets later on.

The museum stretches over three floors of the two restored barn buildings and has a lot of stuff from various periods on display. So much can be seen that it’s opening times of just 2.5h are simply not enough to take a closer look at everything.

The medieaval part is – as usually – of more interest for me but I really enjoyed the other displays as well. Especially since we were basically just 3 visitors so we got an extended tour with lots of background information for free. Well, I donated some money later, of course 🙂

I was especially happy to find my holy grale of cities in the 13th century on display: Stadtluft, Hirsebrei und Bettelmönch (ISBN 978-3806210590).


Visited Schiltach 77761 / Germany that is dating back to 1275 to look at some amazing half-timber buildings. The city is also known for it’s tannerys’ quarter and rafting of timber. The Schüttesäge museum showing the rafting history and a framesaw was sadly closed for unknown reasons. Maybe next time.

Later on we also visited castle Schenkenzell – or what’s left of it – after a short walk.