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Vernacular architecture follows traditions passed down from person to person, generation to generation, at any level of society.

The buildings that attract our interest vary in size and construction from small, temporary shelters, through cottages, tenements and farm steadings, to large, enduring tower houses. Usage is likewise diverse, including seasonal shelters, permanent dwellings of all sizes, farms, smithies, watermills and larger industrial concerns.

They are found throughout the country, in both rural and urban settings, and represent many aspects of our history, and of Scotland’s identity. What they all have in common is their construction from local materials using local methods, resulting in characteristics that reflect their environments, so that they sit comfortably within the landscape.


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Join our visit to Dunbar on Thursday 25th August 2022 and hear about research into its historic buildings.



The latest issue includes articles on weavers' houses in England, handloom shops in Scotland, the Welsh cegin, Scottish fisher housing, Baldernock Mill House, corn-drying kilns, a timber kit house, and cruck buildings and dendrochronology.


Join the SVBWG and get involved with Scotland's vernacular buildings. Members receive a free copy of our annual journal Vernacular Building. Discounts are available - find out more on our Membership page.

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