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The posts, beams and crucks of these buildings are round poles, usually harvested on or near the building site.
And the Cruck Cottage Heritage Association which operates the site as a museum is now looking at a massive repairs bill.
Kate Wilson, Heritage at Risk principal adviser for the North East at English Heritage said: "This is a really special building, and an astonishingly rare combination of timber-framed cruck construction and heather thatch still in place.
In third place by progeny earnings is Sixties Icon, the sire of Italian Group 3 winner Chilworth Icon and the Listed-placed pair Cruck Realta and Effie B.
We are aware of an old farmhouse in the north of the island which has the old-style cruck construction and may date from the 14th century, having got left behind by modernisation.
The principal bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with exposed cruck beams.
Other recent contracts have been for the repair of the cruck frame and thatch roof of a listed Leicestershire pub, and restoring the arbour at Jephson Gardens in Leamington for Warwick District Council.
A PS13,000 re-thatching of Dumfriesshire's historic Cruck Cottage is to be marked with a free Christmas celebration on Sunday.
The flagstone ground floor rooms include an imposing Banqueting Hall with cruck beams and a Minstrels Gallery.
Black Poplars were regularly used by medieval housebuilders and cartmakers: when split, branches made perfect crucks for cruck barns.
Channon has trained five of them, including the Italian Group 3 winner Chilworth Icon and Listed-placed pair Cruck Realta and Effie B.
Medieval houses, some of which still exist in the Holme Valley, were single storey buildings with cruck frames and straw or heather roofs.