WATTLE AND DAUB

Hi Everybody,

At the weekend we went to the historic city of Worcester to see their outdoor Christmas market. It rained all day! However, there were places to shelter, one of which was the small Tudor House Museum in Friar Street. This beautiful 16th century building used to be a glove factory, a product that Worcester became synonymous with for the last 150 years. At its peak, in the 19th century, it employed a staggering 30,000 glovers, around 50 per cent of the nation’s glove makers!

Many of the houses have a certain individual charm as they have very few straight lines and were constructed with a mixture of wooden beams and wattle and daub.

Wattle and daub caught my attention, because it is partly made from clay, wet soil, sand, animal dung and straw.  The fibrous materials help hold the mix together.

Wattle and daub has been used for at least 6,000 years and is still an important construction method in many parts of the world. The ‘wattle’ is the wood or reed part of the construction and the daub is the sticky mixture that is skilfully pasted on by hand to make the structure solid. It’s just fascinating that clay is again being utilised in another inventive way.

Finally, Worcester, which is known as the glove affair city, is one of those beautiful places that I just know we will visit it again – hopefully when the sun is out.

Till next week

Barry