H denotes Hearth
|The following ranges of probable dates of construction refer only to Surrey.|
|Open hall (up to 1540)|
|Characteristically a 4 bay house with 2 central bays open to the roof, and central hearth.|
|Half-floored hall (1500 - 1540)|
|Open hall house with upper storey of one central bay floored.|
|Smoke bay house (1530 -1620)|
|A short bay (central or end) sealed off from the upper part of the house as an escape for smoke.|
|Smoke hood house (1530 -1620)|
| A timber-framed enclosure supported on the mantle beam of the hearth and tapering to|
an outlet on the roof - intermediary between Smoke bay and Chimney.
|NOTE: The fundamental difference between a smoke bay and a smoke hood is that|
the hood is inserted into a bay and is not a bay itself.
|Chimney house (1550 onwards)|
|Brick built flue, central or end.|
©DBRG 4 August 2008