Poor Rapunzel. She would have to live with this floor! This is
how ancient floors often looked - a hotch potch! This one does contain
some boards which date right back to the earliest beginnings of
this building. Over the years it has been repaired and restored
with all sorts of pieces of mismatched wood. Originally oak, it
now contains pieces of elm, chestnut and various softwoods.
It contains lots of the special features which characterise old
floors and make them special; the irregular gaps; the uneven surface;
the scratches; the surface checking; the peculiarites of colour.
Only ancient timber can properly recreate such a sublime result
of years of wear, tear and abuse. Accurate reproduction of these
characteristics is not practible with new timber.
In its present condition few people today would wish to live with
such a floor in a principal room. One might put up with an historic
relic like this in attic.