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Welcome to the Cumbria Vernacular Buildings Group Links Page

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Welcome to our Links Page. This includes details of books on vernacular buildings and traditions in Cumbria as well as links to other organisations you may find useful.

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Useful Books

Clicking on the links embedded in the book references will send you to bookseller's web pages. Feel free to shop around if you want to buy copies, otherwise, most will available at local libraries.

Books Cumbria website specialises in books on Cumbrian and Lake District history and architecture as well as maps, travel guides etc.

Brunskill, R. W. 2002. Traditional Buildings of Cumbria. London, Cassell Publishing.

Brunskill, R. W. 1978. Vernacular Architecture of the Lake Counties: A Field Handbook. London: Faber and Faber.

Brunskill, R. W. 1985. Traditional Buildings of Britain: Introduction to Vernacular Architecture. London: Gollancz Ltd.

Denyer, S. 1991. Traditional Buildings and Life in the Lake District. London: Gollancz and National Trust.

Hyde, M. & Pevsner, N. 2010 (1967). The Buildings of England: Cumbria: Cumberland Westmorland and Furness. London: Yale University Press.

Jennings, N. 2003. Clay Dabbins: Vernacular Buildings of the Solway Plain. Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological and Antiquarian Society.

Jessop, L., Whitfield, M. & Davison, A. 2013. Alston Moor, Cumbria: Buildings in a North Pennine Landscape. Swindon: English Heritage.

Johnson, M. 2012. English Houses 1300-1800: Vernacular Architecture, Social Life. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.

Hunt, R & Suhr, M. 2008. The Old House Handbook: A Practical Guide to Care and Repair London: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings & Frances Lincoln Press.


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Organisations and Online Resources

Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2016. All CWAAS Transactions are available digitally and as a searchable index, and contain many building surveys and historical research into Cumbrian vernacular buildings

Vernacular Architecture Group. An international organisation for all those interested in lesser traditional buildings.

Building Archaeology Research Database (BARD)contains a searchable database of over 1500 tree-ring dated buildings (mainly in England), together with summaries of the key features of timber framing and typical date-ranges of specfic building features

North East Vernacular Architecture Group NEVAG operates within the historic counties of Northumberland and Durham, as well as those areas south of the Tees, formerly in North Yorkshire, now within the North East region of England.

Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Group. Recording guidelines, Yorkshire events and loads more books and web links to useful organisations and online resources.

Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group Publications, events and research on the vernacular buildings of Scotland.

British Listed Buildings, an online database of buildings and structures that are listed as being of special architectural and historic interest.

Historic England Listed Buildings legislation help for homeowners and Heritage at Risk Register.

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings SPAB offers building conservation courses, advice for homeowners and specialist conservation information for proffessionals.

Pastscape, a searchable online English Heritage catalogue of Britain's archaeology and architecture including photographs and publications.

Building Conservation Directory Information resources for buildings conservation.


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Contact CVBG

June Hill (formerly Hall) (Chairman) email junehill224@gmail.com Telephone 07547 081631

Mike Kingsbury (Treasurer and bookings) email m.kingsbury455@btinternet.com Telephone 015242 76434

Mike Turner (Secretary and membership) email miketurner4@hotmail.co.uk

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