This is the current Manor House in the village of Amcotts. It is thought to date from around the 1850’s however alterations to the rear of the building uncovered wattle and daub which suggests a building has stood on this site since the 16th century. Wattle and daub is a traditional building style used for making walls. It is made up of interwoven sticks which are covered with a sticky substance usually a mixture of clay, earth, straw, sand and animal dung. People would have used the materials local to them to construct the wattle and daub, so it is possible to see variations in materials used throughout the country. It is believed animals were used to tread the mixture together before it was applied to the wattle and the inclusion of animal dung was most likely through this rather than a conscious effort to include it.
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