Plank and Muntin walls – sounds rather archaic, doesn’t it! And actually, it is a thoroughly traditional way of using oak, and can be found as far back as the Medieval period. In the early 16th century, many Somerset long rooms were divided by a ‘plank and muntin’ screen incorporating a door or pair of doors creating smaller, cosier rooms.1 And the clearest early definition comes in 1850, from an English architectural glossary that spoke of “English joiners [who] apply the term muntin to the intermediate upright bars of framing, and call the outside uprights styles.” 2
The term ‘muntin’ refers to a vertical member in timber panelling or a door, separating two panels. A plank and muntin wall would be constructed with large oak beams as a frame with oak paneling in between. It makes the structure extremely solid, and would have been expensive many years ago because of the timber – a lot of walls would have been wattle and daub in the timber frame.
However, this is still a popular choice for self-build properties, because of the wonderful sense of impressive historical drama it evokes. See for example this wonderful frame we constructed for Meadow Cottage in Redhill (below)
So if you’re interested in having this incredible detail of Plank and Muntin as part of your self-build English oak frame, get in touch today!