High Quality, Bespoke Timber Constructions in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire & Essex
Traditional Oak Construction Ltd can provide expertly crafted timber buildings like cart lodges, car barns, summer houses, garden rooms, workshops and many other wooden structures. Their team of craftsmen and specialists are able to build a functional and stunning timber addition to your home in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire or Essex. These bespoke structures will raise the status of your property for years to come. Summer houses, garden rooms and workshops in natural wood bring a practical solution and can be fitted with heating and lighting for exceptional comfort.
Oak is an excellent building material with its qualities of strength and beauty, along with its resistance to damage, insect and fungal attack. Created to your particular specifications, our traditional constructions will compliment the unique character of your home. We are always delighted to discuss new projects, and assure customers of an extremely high quality result.
Oak Cart Lodges, Car Barns, Coach Houses, Stables and Timber Garages in Essex
There are all kinds of uses in Suffolk for the timber structures we offer, such as artists studios, gardening spaces, hobby or homeworker rooms. Oak constructions are versatile, durable and will fit seamlessly into both contemporary and traditional style surroundings. Buildings such as cart lodges where originally designed to house carts and farm implements, but can be used to satisfy a variety of needs like providing a sheltered area for parked vehicles.
Traditional Oak Construction provides a fully comprehensive service using professional and experienced joiners, builders, carpenters, plumbers and electricians. Whatever your project in Essex, Suffolk or Cambridgeshire, you can be sure of a perfect fit as an impressive timber construction appears before your eyes. Dont forget too that our oak is sourced only from registered responsible suppliers.
Smallest Pub in Britain in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Mathematical Bridge, Cambridgeshire
Historic Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, boasts the smallest pub in Britain, a fact which is confirmed in the Guinness Book of Records. The Nutshell has a bar that measures just 15ft by 7ft and draws tourists from all over the globe. Built before 1844, the tiny pub was established as selling beer in 1867, and customers love to squeeze inside elbow to elbow at the bar.
There are a number of quirky items of interest in this pub such as a 400 year old mummified cat, military paraphernalia, currency notes on the ceiling, old photos and an aeroplane propeller. The Nutshell is a grade 11 listed, timber framed and rendered building, and in 1984, a record 102 people plus a dog called Blob filled the interior.
Cambridge is the main city in Cambridgeshire, and amongst other things is the home of the wooden footbridge known as the Mathematical Bridge, which connects two parts of Queens College. Designed by William Etheridge and constructed by James Essex in 1749, the structure appears to be an arch, yet is entirely composed of straight timbers. An extremely sophisticated engineering design gave rise to its popular title.
Public Houses, Wall Verses and Caged Patrons in Boxted Village, Essex
The small Essex village of Boxted at one time had seven public houses, but after the Wig & Fidget closed in 2005, people wishing to partake in a cool glass of beer, would have to travel to nearby Colchester or Nayland. The Cross Inn, which began life as The Dog and Partridge, was built in the 16th century and was the first functioning public house in Boxted. It was positioned at a main village crossroads and was run by ‘Master of Ale’ Thomas Boniface, who had the enviable job of ‘official Ale Taster for the Parish Vestry’. Extremely strong beer resulted in unruly customers and a cage having to be built on the green outside to “restrain these minor offenders”, this became Cage Lane.
In 1871 Lilley’s Beerhouse in Church Street, later The Fox, was managed for a while by 15 year old Salome Lilley with her brothers, Abraham, aged eight, and Henry, aged two! A verse hanging above the bar read :-
“Since man to man is so unjust No man can tell who he can trust. I have trusted many to my sorrow So pay today and trust tomorrow.”