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Banded/Chequered

Visually striking, banded and chequered work makes good use out of available materials. Particularly effective when the materials used contrast dramatically. Chequered work can be laid randomly or coursed. Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset are well known for their flint and brick banded buildings and structures, while Norfolk is renowned for its chequered and flush work.

Because it is labour intensive and requires skilled flint masons, this style was in the past predominantly used on buildings of high status. Fine buildings including the Holbein Gate in the now-destroyed Palace of Whitehall, and many important ecclesiastical buildings in Norfolk, were built as early as the 16th Century. The flush work of Norfolk and Suffolk is varied and detailed in pattern and shape.