Bibliography and Databases
The VAG maintains a series of databases and other resources with information on Vernacular Architecture.
The printed Bibliography of Vernacular Architecture has been published periodically, with five volumes to date. The searchable online version hosted by the Archaeology Data Service includes the published Volumes 1 to 5, and periodical updates including recent publications are provided at intervals. It is unlikely that future volumes will be made available as hardcopy.
The latest printed volume (Volume 5, January 2011) may also be downloaded free of charge by following the link below. This can be searched and printed out in whole or part as desired, but the material is copyright to the Group and may only be disseminated further with prior written permission:
We are now working on Bibliography Volume 6: 2007-11, and we hope that members will help, as in the past, by scanning journals and passing the results on to us. The list of journals with entries in the last volume since 2000 (which are probably still currently of interest) is available here (List of journals to be searched for Bibliography) and we would ask you to send offers to help to Mike Hall. We will also be contacting people who contributed last time directly, if we don't hear from you! We will then send out a pro-forma to complete for each entry.
Also, if you have produced or know of a monograph or book that is of relevance, do please let us know (same email address) and we will send you the pro-forma for details. We know that a lot of books donít get included, so do please check the existing bibliography for any missing entries.
The Group's Index of Tree-ring Dates is available online and is updated annually, following the publication of new results in Vernacular Architecture. Hosted by the Archaeology Data Service.
A useful set of tables of tree-ring dating reports compiled mainly from entries published annually in Vernacular Architecture and available in two forms: national lists arranged mainly by half-century and county lists approximately in chronological order. These tables provide an additional resource to the Dendrochronology Database mentioned above, and build upon the data available there. They were prepared by Bob Meeson and are discussed in his paper, 'Structural trends in English medieval buildings: new insights from dendrochronology', Vernacular Architecture 43 (2013),58Ė75.
The Group's list of cruck buildings (printed in 1981: CBA Research Report 42, NW Alcock, Cruck construction - an introduction and catalogue) has been extensively updated and is available online. Hosted by the Archaology Data Service.
The Research Report itself is also available (Cruck construction - an introduction and catalogue).
The list of known Wealden Houses, as discussed and mapped in N W Alcock, 'The Distribution and Dating of Wealden houses', Vernacular Architecture, 41 (2010), 37-44. Hosted by the Archaeology Data Service.