Weather-boarded cottages were at one time a common sight in the Chingford area.
Carbis Cottage is now one of the last surviving weather-boarded cottages in Chingford. Weather-boarding dates from the Regency period (late 18th century/early 19th century) and the idea probably came from the new land of America where large mansions were being built entirely of wood and then covered over with white painted boarding to make them look like stone, the most prestigious building material.
According to the study by Christine Moss the building has oak beams that date back to the reign of Elizabeth I and low ceilings. In recent times it has been restored.