Friday, May 22, 2015
We walked in the wonderful Allen Banks in Northumberland yesterday, where the spring foliage on the trees was looking almost luminous. On the way we passed .....
...... this extraordinary knucklebone floor, on the site of a former summer house. I've blogged about this before but am doing so again because there are now a few more web sites with information about these strange floors. Knucklebones were a construction material that seems to have been most popular in the early 18th. century but there are also 19th. century examples. They were were made by hammering sheep knucklebones into the ground to form a hard, durable floor. I suppose the modern equivalent is block paving.
Some knucklebone links:
A deer knucklebone floor in Devon - another picture here
Preparation of sheep knucklebones for making a floor
These bones have been worn smooth by passing feet, exposing some of their internal structure.
The Allen Banks summer house floor is circular .....
...... and it must have had a magnificent view across the river Allen gorge from this high vantage point.