I have always been a big fan of ancient timber framed buildings as like fine wine, they improve and develop a unique character as they age.
Living in Germany, one really is spoiled for choice with fine examples to be found across the country. Many of these ancient buildings are skillfully and intricately decorated with carvings which give us a unique peek into the history not only of the building, but also the lives of the people who lived there at the time.
The above carving is on the Altes Fährhaus (I haven’t a clue what that means) dating from 1621 in the lovely town of Pünderich. This building is particularly richly decorated, and the town is well worth a visit as it has numerous other splendid examples of such buildings in a tranquil setting by the river.
If you look carefully at the image, you can actually see two characters – one of a grumpy bearded man, and the other a rather surprised looking woman.
I don’t know about you, but I love seeing old photos particularly when they are of things I can relate to. So you can guess how pleased I was to find a Facebook group dedicated to images from yesteryear for my new hometown of Zell.
The photo album of that group has plenty of interesting snapshots showing life in the town in days gone by, including some from the years leading up to the Second World War which may raise a few eyebrows but are still part of the rich and fascinating history of the region.
Click here to go to the group photo album to see what I mean. I will search around to see if I can find any similar groups or pages for other towns in the region.
I recently saw this place in Traben Trarbach. It is a crying shame seeing such places in an advanced state of decay, and even sadder that it is often wrongly considered more cost effective to demolish and build new rather than renovate. This one has some superb architectural details and was clearly a building of notable standing in its day. So if anyone has a spare million, I would happily take it and save this jewel…!