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The Sign of the Two

When a timber framed building was constructed, the trees would have been felled and sawn for timbers, which would have been brought to the site and then jointed and reinforced by wooden pegs. But with hundreds of pieces of wood, how to be sure that the right timbers were put together? One way was to label them with a series of simple carpenter’s marks, scoring the wood in one or two [or more] straight lines. You can see a good example of this on the first floor, in the main room on the west wall. Look for the marks but you may need a bright day and a good torch.

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