In this part of Spratton, there is remaining evidence of cob houses and walls (there is a cob wall diagonally opposite at this junction).
Cob is a method of building in mud with straw to bind it, usually up to 2 feet thick, and built on a stone base or plinth which is normally 18 inches high.
There are many Northamptonshire villages where cob was used in the 17th and 18th centuries. The photograph above is taken from an excellent article in 'Northamptonshire Past & Present' published by the Northamptonshire Record Society in 1964. The date of the photograph is not recorded.