Saturday, 24 June 2017

Flint is fine material dating from time of the Romans

FLINT is found in abundance in the Chiltern Hills and consequently has been used for thousands of years for building in this area — which is why there are so many character houses constructed of brick-and-flint.

Flint is an incredibly durable material and will outlast any civilisation that chooses to build with it. As flint is a natural material it has no impact on the environment in its use or disposal. Brick-and-flint is a beautiful combination and can be used decoratively or structurally on a building. For aesthetic as well as structural and environmental reasons lime mortar is recommended with flint work.

Ever since Roman times flint has been an important building material in the south east of England with flint work one of the key features in the distinctive appearance of the villages and towns. In Saxon churches, medieval cathedrals, Norman castles, Tudor farmhouses and Edwardian garden walls this durable local stone has been used in a remarkable variety of ways. Craftsmen through the centuries have been creative in their use of flint to leave a rich heritage of different styles of flint work, many of which require great skill and technique. Here we feature just some of the brick-and-flint properties available locally.

Crabtree Cottage (main picture) is a detached brick-and-flint cottage requiring modernisation throughout and may, subject to usual permissions, potentially be extended. Set in the heart of the Stonor Valley, on the edge of Middle Assendon, the property sits centrally in its attractive cottage garden. The entrance lobby leads into the sitting room and features dual-aspect windows and a fireplace. The dining room lies just off and connects to the kitchen/breakfast room which has a door providing rear access to the garden. There is also a downstairs cloakroom.

The first floor accommodates four bedrooms and is served by a family bathroom. The cottage is found on the edge of the rural hamlet Middle Assendon, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Stonor Valley, some three miles north of Henley.

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