Posted by Caroline on June 14, 1997 at 09:03:53:
In reply to Re: Emma 2 and Surrey posted by Betsy on June 13, 1997 at 17:00:28
] P.S. Did people actually let you look at their lofts, or did you get chased away with a shotgun all the time?
I had a letter of confidence from my prof, which was verified by the local police force. Most people were actually proud of their old houses and were happy to climb up in the loft with me!(One house built about 1450 had FIVE staircases built one on top of the other- that was wierd!)
No shotguns - only one bulldog who decided I was a dubious character, though I managed to convince him of my sincerity eventually!)
The reason why I was climbing in lofts was because the roof timbers tell you a lot about the date of building.Believe it or not, the construcion and design can be directly related to specific laws passed at different times, and also ,in some of the older ones,they are still blackened from before the chimneys were put in.
Anyway, Betsy, as you probably realise , I could bore you for hours, and we are definitely off-topic! If you really want more , we had better take this to e-mail!Thanks for your interest!