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Crooked House

By Philip_H
No.12 Market Place, Lavenham, Suffolk – a 15th or 16th century timber-framed and plastered building, with wisteria growing up the front of it.

Lavenham is probably England’s best preserved medieval town and it is believed by some that the distorted, or "crooked", appearance of many of the town's timber-framed buildings may have inspired the English nursery rhyme, "There Was A Crooked Man” -

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile,
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Crow's-nest' - of which there were two!

Best wishes,
Philip

Tags: Suffolk House Architecture Windows Jetty Wisteria Lavenham Listed building Market place Leaded lights Timber-framed No12

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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 6:09PM
An interesting foreword Phillip. However the star of the show is the wonderfully Wisteria clad Tudor facade.

Nathan

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Suzicoo 4 480 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 6:11PM
looks nice with the wisteria, there are certainly lots of crooked houses in Lavenham. Didn't know the connection to the "nursery rhyme"
Suzicoo
CarolG Plus
9 193 18 Greece
19 Mar 2013 6:22PM
What a wonderful old house, and made all the more charming by that glorious wisteria. Well captured, Philip. Carol
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
19 Mar 2013 6:55PM
A very good section from the frontage, Phillip. Lovely shadows, shapes and diagonal wisteria.

Dave
nonur Plus
7 15 9 Turkey
19 Mar 2013 7:56PM

Quote:An interesting foreword Phillip. However the star of the show is the wonderfully Wisteria clad Tudor facade.

Nathan

I fully agree with Nathan. A great shot.
Mrsbass 3 2 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 8:21PM
Lovely and charming - especially with your nursery rhyme - the wisteria is gorgeous and the sun is casting warm shadows accross the tudor frontage. Beautiful.
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
19 Mar 2013 8:56PM
The wonderful old structure really sets off the Wisteria perfectly!

Ann
Meheecho 3 275 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 8:59PM
A place I've been to on many occasions -- lovely location and your image does this part justice
Steve
xwang 6 32 7
19 Mar 2013 10:19PM
GrinGrin.. When i become a crooked woman, I'll walk crooked miles, to visit the crooked cat and the crooked man in their crooked house...Grin
Hermanus 3 4 South Africa
20 Mar 2013 4:16AM
Thanx Philip - now I also know where that song originated Smile Excellent write up with this superb photo !!
20 Mar 2013 6:00PM

Quote:Looks nice with the wisteria, there are certainly lots of crooked houses in Lavenham. Didn't know the connection to the "nursery rhyme"
Suzicoo


Quote:

Thanx Philip - now I also know where that song originated Smile Excellent write up with this superb photo !!



There is a another school of thought (far more likely) which suggest that the origin of the nursery rhyme "There was a crooked man" is in British history and relates to King Charles I. This suggests that the crooked man is reputed to be the Scottish General Sir Alexander Leslie. The General signed a Covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland. The 'crooked stile' referred to in "There was a crooked man" being the border between England and Scotland. 'They all lived together in a little crooked house' refers to the fact that the English and Scots had at last come to an agreement. The words reflect the times when there was great animosity between the English and the Scots. The word crooked is pronounced as 'crookED' the emphasis being placed upon the 'ED' in the word. This was common in olde England and many references can be found in this type of pronunciation in the works of William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

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