Gracious Pond Farm is an example of a house which has been developed from an original open-hall house of this period. A floor has been inserted half way up the original hall to create two storeys.
In the late 16th century it became normal practice to partition off one bay of the house – the ‘smoke bay’ to take the smoke directly up to the roof space where bacon would have been cured. After the 16th century, houses began to acquire chimneys. Gracious Pond Farm appears to have followed all these stages of development, from open-hall to smoke-bay to chimney. The roof is steeply pitched, hipped, and attractively thatched. A 20th century wing has been built onto one side – it will be apparent from the eveness of the timbers and the construction in general.
The earliest houses that we have were made by constructing a timber box-frame and then filling the wall spaces with wattle and daub. Unfortunately the wattle tended to rot and little has survived in external walls. Brick nogging has been the usual replacement, as in Gracious Pond Farm.