Monday 13 June 2011

Covered markets

An ancient walled town founded in 1284 by Edward 1st, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine. The square surrounded by covered arcades, or "cornères", its old houses with mullioned windows, its church, its market hall can be regarded as the best example of the bastides in the Perigord. The market halls with the old framework in walnut and chestnut.

If you ignore the rest of the architecture, these covered market halls in the south west of France don't look too unlike the buttercross in Oakham shown on Photo Curios. The Oakham buttercross, though, looks completely different from the buttercross in Winchester. I do have a card showing that somewhere, but I can't put my hands on it at the moment. I will do a separate post for it at a later date.
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  1. I was born and lived in Rutland until I left school and University so I know the Oakham buttercross. Never gave it a thought before.

  2. I hadn't really thought about buttercrosses before either, but they'd make a nice study I think. No doubt someone somewhere has written a book on the subject.

  3. I am in Wiki now checking different designs of butter cross and amazing myself w/ this type of architecture. Thanks to this post.

  4. Really phenomenal architecture! Amazing! I love it!


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