ARCHITECT, English
(active 1590s in Suffolk)

Exterior view

1593
Photo
Roos Hall, Beccles, Suffolk

In England, surviving structures and written evidence together suggest that there was a raising of standards in the provision of domestic housing and an expansion and structural renewal of public buildings in the late 16th century and during the first half of the 17th. Such buildings, which sometimes were radical transformations of pre-existing structures, are the oldest surviving domestic buildings in most of the English towns that enjoyed a period of prosperity before the Industrial Revolution.

While the ground-plans of many examples of buildings of the same type can be usefully compared across the country at this time, their elevations bear witness not only to the survival but also to the consolidation of local building styles and materials. The accident of survival can be deceptive, but the evidence suggests a more aggressive assertion of the potential of local materials than ever before, from the advanced technology of brick in East Anglia (e.g. Roos Hall (1593) at Beccles, Suffolk) to the black-and-white half-timbered houses of north-west England and along the Welsh border (e.g. the additions of 1559 to Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire).

The photo shows Roos Hall at Beccles.




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