Susan's definition of a vernacular building included the following points: the use of local materials, built in a local style, by local craftsmen according to traditional plans. As a cut off period she suggested the time of the Tithe naps, around 1840, when, with the coming of the railways there began an acceleration in communication which led to the breakdown of localism and the importing of people, material and ideas from distant parts of the country. She went on to describe a few of the Group's activities, including the establishment of a dating series for timber used in Somerset houses. Samples ranging from 1278 to 1885 were used and these led in turn to a set of dating techniques based on form alone.
Susan communicated with real passion the thrill of discovery and the solving of mysteries at Weston Farmhouse in Barton [North Somerset), at Stogursey and at Compton Dundon. She reminded us of work in progress including some quite close to home, that of the Winscombe Project, of which Mick Aston is involved.