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Yet another video made with old footage. I've had my new computer for three weeks now and the thing still does not work, but I do expect to be shooting new material reasonably soon.

In the first day of comments, four people made the same point, so I'll deal with it here: wattle and daub construction was indeed used in northern Europe, where it proved effective despite the more damp weather. However, an important difference is that mud bricks are load-bearing, and if they are weakened by damp, the walls of a building will sag; whereas in wattle and daub, the roof is held up by a wooden structure, the walls have a core of wickerwork, and the mud daub is used just as a draught excluder.

I have never visited a city of mud brick houses, all right-angles and flat rooves, but I do intend to one day.

In a region with reliable hot weather, mud bricks are very easy to make and require little more than water, some simple wooden frames for moulds, and space to let them dry.

www.LloydianAspects.co.uk

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