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(with apologies to William Blake)

The traffic island at the end of the High Street is known as Jerusalem. Many people, especially those new to the village,may not realise that it is named after a house which occupied it a hundred years ago.

I am afraid that time pressures have prevented me from gathering any details, except that the cellars were still there in the fifties, and George Lockwood used to play in them as a lad. The picture is from an old postcard, a copy of which was kindly lent to me by Neil, the manager of the Navigation Inn. There are many other fascinating local pictures there, so it is well worth a visit.


View of timber framing...ON THE SIDE OF 4A BEVERIDGE STREET

There are not many timber-framed buildings in Barrow.This is one of the easiest to find. Look closely at the timbers at the side - down the jitty called "Little lane". These are original, possibly 300 - 400 years old. In this style of construction, it is the timber frame that holds up the house. The bricks or whatever between the timbers are just to make it waterproof.

Such frames were pre-fabricated by a carpenter in a workshop and taken to the site to be erected. In effect, you bought a set of timbers to make one or more "bays" - hence, a "bay window" is a window that fills a whole bay. This house shows 3 bays still standing but there are hints in the last set of timbers and the extended wall plinth that it may have had 5 bays when built.

However, the most interesting detail, I think, is that each joint was marked to show which fitted where, like a flat pack of furniture, so that they would be erected correctly on site. These "carpenter's marks" on each joint were often just chisel cuts. Here there are three cuts to show it was the third set of uprights.There is a hint of possible marks on other timbers but nothing definite.

Go and check for yourself.

Arthur Gardner


This view of the High Street was taken in the 1960s, not long after the Post Office was built. Note the absence of traffic, white and yellow lines, and of the supermarket and chemist. Harris's Garage has petrol pumps at the roadside, which remained well into the seventies. The registration of the car in the foreground looks like 261 EUT - anyone remember it?