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What type of paint job do you call this? Tudor buildings have exposed black wood work or natural timber. Will this be added later? I visited this building 30 years ago and it looked far more impressive. Some explanation please.

Peter Ranson , Australia

Black woodwork with white or coloured infill was invented by the Victorians. Timber-framed buildings in Tudor times were colour-washed all over and that includes the woodwork. The colours that they used would be regarded as over-bright and would probably cause an uproar if used these days.

Some organisations, such as The Corporation of London who own Epping Forest and the hunting lodge, think it more appropriate to finish the building in an authentic manner.

I would probably agree with you in that they are certainly more striking with the woodwork either unpainted or black but it certainly wouldn't be authentic. It is difficult to know where to draw the line.

Barry, BeenThere-DoneThat

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