Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Thorn Steps

These were the steps up to our room. This picture doesn't really capture how steep they were. Yikes!
This house was made up of two cottages that were exactly alike, with two sets of stairs like this, each leading up to 2 bedrooms. In some past century (not sure which one), these cottages were weaver's homes, with one room being the loom room and one being the bedroom where the entire family lived. Some of these homes were joined together by removing a wall in the upper stories, thus providing more room for the family. But the lower story stayed the same.
This is sometimes still the situation today and is called a 'flying freehold'.

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