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We may safely assume that the existing sample is not grossly biased towards one tiny subset of the housing of 1674. From this total of 794 houses, a random sample of 79 was taken—an unusual step in studies of traditional houses, where a more usual procedure is to take a 24 AN INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN SUFFOLK complete sample of a small area or simply a haphazard sample of a region. The use of a sample of this nature is necessary, however, given the first principles of sampling theory: namely, that a random sample is the only way to obtain a statistically valid picture of the characteristics of the frame under study (Flannery 1976:131–6).

In such a situation it may be asserted that there is indeed a specialized body of practical knowledge, belonging to a skilled or semi-skilled group of craft specialists, but that this knowledge and its associated competence is not necessarily overtly articulated or acknowledged. This is clearly true in terms of the skill of carpentry seen in the buildings considered here, as well as in terms of what we know of the organization of the craft tradition from the documents (Salzman 1952:195–210, Quimby 1984:89–125).

3), has no evidence of partitions or of ceiling at the service end; all the ceilings have been inserted into the house near Manor Farm, Monks Eleigh (Plate 6a), Seldom In, Poslingford (Fig. 4), and Swan Cottage and the Old Cottage, Brent Eleigh (Fig. 5). This is admittedly negative evidence, and in some if not the majority of these cases former ceilings may be either masked or have been removed and reinserted at some point. Lack of any ceilings is almost certain at least at the house near Manor Farm, where much of the frame is exposed.

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