Dating english houses external evidence
During this time a management system developed for trees and woodland which provided society with a renewable and sustainable supply of timber and woodland products.
The greatest period of timber building in England and Wales was between 1200 AD and 1700 AD, a period which saw the development of a sophisticated prefabricated building system which provided the majority of buildings throughout the cities, towns and villages.
Rows of town houses could be grouped into impressive squares and crescents.
Meanwhile country landlords might build a village row, and some started a fashion for the semi-detached plan, by building simple cottages in pairs.