The Squatters Cottage by Yampimon

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This tiny cottage with only two rooms which dates from the 1840s was rescued from a nearby mining district and re-erected on the Blists Hill Museum site. Constructed crudely using local stone and tree trunks for roof timbers, at one time it was occupied by a collier, his wife and seven children.

Traditionally Squatters could settle permanently if they could build their house in a day, and have a fire lit and smoke emitting from the chimney by the end of the day. This key factor determined the manner of building, usually starting with the construction of the hearth and chimney, and then the construction of the house around this focal point. Surrounding land could also be enclosed with the cottage, but was determined exclusively by how far the owner could throw an axe or shovel from the four corners of the house.

In this case it is called a Squatter Cottage not because it was built illegally, or erected within 24 hours, but because it was on the property of the local lord of the manor, to whom the occupants paid an annual “fine” or rent.



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  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012about 2 years ago

    Wo this is lovely in black and white yampi. It reminds me of a similar little cottage I saw which was bought by a builder who transformed the entire cottage into the kitchen of a modern 4 bed dormer bungalow purpose built, but retained a lot of the original features. Faving this.
    Love Colleen2012

  • Thanks Colleen, this place is absolutely tiny, the doorways are only about 5ft high and to think that 9 people lived there at one stage!

    – Yampimon

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 2 years ago

    Very cozy hide-away. I like the b/w

  • Thanks Donna, I prefer b/w for old rustic buildings like this, I think the stones look earthier. It certainly must have been pretty snug when all 9 members of the family were at home.

    – Yampimon

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture and info Yampi!! :)

  • Thanks Keith, Blists Hill is a really interesting place and a photographers paradise

    – Yampimon

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