The 'Dark Ages'
According to some sources, timber cladding has been used throughout history ever since the period of the 'Dark Ages' (5th-15th C). Timber cladding was especially found in areas that were populated by vast forests as the wood materials were easily accessible. Even as far back as the 5th Century, timber cladding was a favoured material for cladding Anglo-Saxon homes in Britain. Examples of reconstructed Anglo-Saxon housing in Suffolk demonstrate how timber was stood upright on wood or stone cills.
Years later in the 12th Century, cladding was also evident in buildings in Norway. At this time in history, the Borgund Stave Church was built in Norway that used vertical wooden boards for building. These churches were once very common in Northern Europe and at one time there were thousands built. It is also one of the best preserved stave churches in Norway.