Wattle and Daub Introductory Experience

£65 per person

Learn the art of wattle and daub as we take you through the process to complete a panel of wall!

Join a member of our Remaking Beamish Team to learn how the process of wattle and daub was used in Joe the Quilter’s cottage before having a go at the building technique yourself in this very hands-on experience.

Wattle and daub is a composite building material in which a woven lattice of wooden strips, called wattle, is daubed with a sticky material usually made of a combination of wet soil, manure and straw.

Please note that this experience involves working with manure (protective clothing will be available but daubing works best if you get your hands and feet right in there!).

Suitable for beginners.

Course Dates:

  • New dates coming soon!

Cost: £65 per person.


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About Joe the Quilter’s cottage

Joe the Quilter’s cottage is a recreation of the “lost” home of renowned Georgian quilter Joseph Hedley, who was murdered in 1826, in an appalling crime that shocked the country.

As well as a wattle and daub interior wall, the exhibit features stones from Joe’s original home, including flagstones where he stood 200 years ago. The remains of Joe’s cottage in Warden, near Hexham, Northumberland, were uncovered during an archaeological dig by Beamish staff and community members.

Joe the Quilter’s cottage was the first building to open as part of the Remaking Beamish project. Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, the Remaking Beamish project has been awarded £10.9million by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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