The most common pine used throughout the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods was Baltic or yellow pine (pinus sylvestris). The earlier the period, the wider the boards and quite often random widths. The Victorians uniformed the widths although there was never a set standard size. Edwardian boards were narrower again, but uniform widths also. Georgian boards are now very scarce and can command very high prices, in fact with the lack of UK demolition since the banking crash all original floorboards are proving more difficult to locate.
Baltic pine was the most commonly used pine, and as the name describes originated from the Baltic states. Carried in the hull of the sailing cargo ships of the time, as ballast, the timber was tipped out on the docksides and sold off for use in the building of those towns and cities.
Trading routes dictated which timbers travelled from where to where. Pitch Pine or long leaved American pine (pinus palustris) came into Dublin, Manchester and Liverpool and can be found in Georgian and Victorian properties there.
British Columbian, Oregon pine and Douglas Fir all arrived here in abundance during the 1920s and 30s and was used in that huge urban sprawl.
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