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'Pargeting'?
This building has some fine examples of pargeting, the textured decoration to be seen on the walls.

"Initially, patterns were stamped or scratched into the surface of wet plaster, but the most skilled pargeters came to create their own designs, which they then modelled directly onto the wall using their fingers and spatula to create designs in high relief.
Repeat decorative patterns were often made with wooden home-made stamps.

Pargeting is mainly associated with East Anglia, in particular with Essex and Suffolk.
Believed to have been introduced to England in the 16th century by Henry VIII, who imported Italian plasterers to decorate Nonsuch Palace.

The craft was referred to as 'stucco' in Italy, but became known as pargeting in England."

It is a very beautiful feature of some of the buildings in Saffron Walden.
One more example in the w/s, and more pictures tomorrow.

Thanks for looking.

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