Why Do Medieval Buildings Overhang Their Lower Floors?

Submitted by: skypirate 4 weeks ago in Weird


If you don't over think it, you'll get the right answer. 
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Female 4,884
so the buckets of human excrement hit the street instead of the house?
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emmettyville yep the only reason. this nerd wasted all of our time.
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Female 4,884
andy_bart thats what I thought.
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Male 8,885
Before watching the video to throw shit out the windows without hitting people in a window below you!
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Male 16,490
It's just about the transfer of forces.
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Male 2,183
Every one knows why its so you can drop water balloons on people.
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Male 454
I kept saying, "POO! for throwing out your POO and pee!". Kind of half right.
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Male 1,900
Without watching the vid I would guess it’s cheaper and easier to build a smaller masonry first floor then frame out larger upper floors.
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My OP pic was way better 

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Male 1,431
A wonderful video.
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Male 799
To give more room on the upper floor, often for a loom of some kind which was how a lot of families earned a living. According to Fred Dibnah that is.
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Male 42,110
Too keep rain off the lower wattle and daub walls is my first thought.
Now I'll watch the video.
He's too long winded.  I'll just assume I'm right.
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Male 814
Gerry1of1 The TLDW is:  It is easier to build, and the walls counter balance the floors so they don't sag as much.
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Male 1,900
Gerry1of1 “wattle and daub” sounds like a description of how I walk anymore.
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Male 5,357
I like these kind of videos, learning odd stuff is always a nice way to end the day.
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