Posted: 17/05/2017 at 18:30
LOL Hosta It was an incredibly old farmhouse, bits of it semi-derelict with bits possibly dating from the late Middle Ages ... Listed 'cos of the huge fireplace and chimney with two bread ovens, one Victorian one Tudor. When we moved in there were mice and rats in many rooms and plants (a very pretty old rose, kerria and ground elder) growing through the bottom of the walls into the rooms as they had no foundations and the floors were old pamments just laid loose onto sandy soil.
The layout of the house was like a lop-sided 'T' and the back wing was the oldest part and had an old dairy downstairs and a couple of very ramshackle rooms above ...the floors sloped so much that there was a difference of over two feet from one side of the room to the other These were the rooms that we were given as 'play rooms' ... Bro and I had one each ... we kept most of our toys there and do could do messy stuff there and even draw on the walls with our wax crayons ... we used to climb out of the windows and lower ourselves down to the ground and go out and play without Ma knowing There were other bedrooms where the floorboards were rotten and crumbling with holes in ........ don't think it was Posh
The reason it had a moat was like most large houses of a similar age in that part of Suffolk where the water table was very high ........ dig a moat around an area and it lowers the water table and dries out an area enough to erect a building ... no foundations 'cos if you dig foundations they fill with water, and as these were timber framed houses the timbers would rot if they were in water. The upright posts were just rested on a dry-stone style brick plinth.
Oooh, I've rambled on a bit there ......