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History Coursework Question 1 When we date buildings we look at the specific features that they have such things like the brick or stonework the doors windows and chimneys We try to find out what sort of person lived there and in which century it was built in A typical 18th Century house would have been very symmetrical it would have been box shaped the balustrades would sometimes hide the roofline It would have been built of brick but covered with plaster They were sometimes large detached houses or terraces They often have specific features such as fanlight windows over doors and sash windows The windows were often smaller on the top floor as they were on the ground floor There was a return to the Classical styles such as the Greeks and the Romans so most houses had features that resembled this While on our site visit we visited Ryehill house This House had very distinctive features that suggested it was built in the 18th Century The house was box shaped it was quite symmetrical the top floor sash windows were smaller than the ground floors ones and there was iron fencing covering the windows It also had an outhouse that was used in the past as stables a fanlight above the door and regular cut stonewalls The outhouse or stables suggests that a well off person lived there it would have been for the middle class this point is backed up by the amount of the land the house is surrounded by we can tell this has been there since the house was built by looking at the maps The fanlight window above the door and the sash windows show this house has been built with a neo-classical style and is dated between 1600 and 1800 Although most of the features and sources point to this house being built in the 18th century there are just a few odd details that dont
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