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Could Welsh cow shed be the oldest house in the country?

Researchers are investigating whether a cow shed in Conwy, Wales, may be the oldest home in the country, dating back to the 14th century.

The style and use of a cruck frame – a tree trunk used to support a roof – leads some specialists to think a building used as a cow shed and store near historic house Plas Tirion, in Llanrwst, Conwy, could pre-date Wales’ oldest domestic houses such as Hafod-y-Garreg in the Wye Valley, which dates to 1402.

Dendrochronology tests were carried out last week on the cow shed and the results will not be back for some weeks.

“We’re looking forward to getting the results, hopefully at the end of March,” said owner Sophie Scharer.

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Story: Nick Bourne, BBC News | Photo: BBC News

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