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Here is one building type that RW Brunskill, exhaustive chronicler of the vernacular, did not encounter on his UK travels: long, pitched-roof, timber-built tobacco sheds, in which the crop was hung and cured.At mention of tobacco, we probably think first of the American South, but it was also cultivated along the Connecticut River Valley. Indeed, it still is - as we discover in James F O'Gorman's Connecticut Valley Vernacular (University of Pennsylvania Press, £24.50.Available from 01752 202301).But the industry is very much in decline, so the photographs in this book have a nostalgic, elegiac quality.Some barns have been converted into houses, but the majority are steadily collapsing.The one shown right remains in use: its vents and doors have been opened in readiness for the harvested crop.

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