The History Anorak

The History Anorak

Monday, 15 May 2017

Crippled

This strange contraption is called a builder's or painter's cripple. It's a wooden structure designed to offer a platform for workers to stand on while repairing or decorating windows. This one was found in the cellar at Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire, an English Heritage property which is being conserved 'as found'.  There's an illustration of one in use in a painter's handbook from 1830.

I can find nothing about the word's etymology so I'm assuming it got its name because of what happened if a builder fell off one.

5 comments:

  1. Interesting thought on its etymology; I certainly wouldn't want to use one - what about stepping back to see how you're doing..?! Nice post, raised a smile.

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  2. Is that painter painted on the wall? What a fun display idea.

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  3. Interesting!! I learned something today, thanks to you.

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  4. Very interesting historical fact. you also thought about etymology.. really why that tool called like that?

    have a happy sunday.. :)

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Why not add your two pennyworth?