"Originally" Architecture Tip by iandsmith

Architecture, York: 9 reviews and 16 photos

  Better than it looks
by iandsmith

You know how you see those lovely Tudor style painted black beams, as you will later on in the tour down at the Shambles and other places? Well, the buildings aren't supposed to look like that. In point of fact they're supposed to be covered as they're only there for support, as shown in this particular example. So, this is what buildings of this ilk genuinely looked like.
Asthetically speaking, I'm all for the exposed beams!
And, if you've ever wondered why there are small windows on some of the old buildings, consider this - there used to be a tax on windows! The bigger the window, the bigger the tax. It was from this obnoxious bit of bureaucracy that the term "daylight robbery" evolved.

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  • Updated Dec 26, 2005
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