Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Traditional Irish thatch cottage, Trim Co Meath.

I came upon this cottage this afternoon, It is a gate house to a large estate house, thankfully it is kept in the style it was built. Red doors, white washed walls and thatched, the gate pillars are about 1,.8m or 6 foot, so you can see that the walls are quite low.

One thing I did notice was the front door on traditional cottages were usually half doors, you can see that the door is just about 1.5m or 5 feet., so you would have to stoop. Look at the top of the roof in second picture and see the little design, this was used as the calling card of a thatcher, each one had their own. The windows were very small, there would have been very little light, that was part of the reason for the split front door. There would have been rooms sometimes in the attic, it would have been quite warm in the winter, but there were no windows and often this would be the sleeping quarters for hired seasonal labour or Spailpeens. Because the thatch was warm they would have to share this area with rodents and bugs, I have heard older people talking about Spailpeens that would have had bites taken out of their ears!

4 comments:

Leisha Camden said...

Does anyone live in it?? ;-)

Paz said...

Not from the look of it, there is a large house with a long avenue, an expensive hobbie too keep it maintained and thatched

how to ollie said...

Excellent post and writing style. Bookmarked.

Paz said...

glad you liked it