Features to spot on Traditional Buildings
by June Hill
All drawings by June Hill
How many of these features can you spot on your walks in the Ullswater Valley?
- Round chimneys
2. Mullioned windows
5. Chimney 'devils'
6. Owl holes and pigeon holes
Found in the tops of gabled barn walls, they gave access to owls which were welcomed to catch the rats and mice, attracted by crops stored in barns. Usually rectangular, but other shapes are found – ovals, squares or even hearts. Pigeons, or doves, required smaller, square holes in groups, with alighting ledges. Pigeon holes can be seen in gables and porches. The birds and their eggs were popular food items.