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Heolus Wha, in the year of our Lord 940, built a house of white twigs, to retire into when he came a hunting into South Wales; therefore it was called Ty Gwyn, that is, the White house. For to the end that it might be distinguished from vulgar buildings, he caused the twigs (according to his princely quality) to be barkt; nay castles themselves, in those daies, were framed of the same materials and weaved together; for thus writes Giraldus Cambrensis, of Pembroke castle, (saith he) Arnulphus de Montgomery in the daies of King Henry the first built that small castle of twigs and slight turf. — Sammes. Wattled chimneys still occur in Wales; the stick chimneys, so common in the early log-cabins of our country, are very similar. The doors of the British houses were of wattled twigs and clay. Some wattled houses yet remain in Montgomeryshire, Wales; reed houses are yet found in Ireland. Dartmoor, England, has numerous remains of circular stone foundations of these ancient houses