An oak beam from a Carrickfergus Heritage Initiative project. This oak beam supported the first floor flooring and was still structurally sound. The tree started growing around 1470 and the carpentry around 1640. Photos like this can be linked into the Matterport 3D Virtual Reality models to create an immersive and detailed record of all of the key aspects of any property.
This looks like someone was laying the bricks whilst under the weather but is actually a way to divert and scattering lines of stress that would otherwise break the wall. Brick is strong when under compression, but weak when in tension. This shows how the wall builders prevent structural failure from stress before the invention of steel reinforced concrete beams.