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Catcleugh hut

 

This hut has been preserved at Catcleugh as an example of the living quarters of the men who worked there. My father-in-law was born at Catcleugh (his father was a blacksmith working on the site), presumably in a hut like this, where his mother took care of a family (six children) and, according to the 1901 census, about twenty lodgers - imagine housing and feeding that lot in accommodation like this :-) I assume that they ran a shift system! This was taken in July 2006 on one of the open days at the reservoir.

On my way back to the UK today - apologies for lack of comments and responses yesterday - a busy one! - and today.

 

Catcleugh hut

 

This hut has been preserved at Catcleugh as an example of the living quarters of the men who worked there. My father-in-law was born at Catcleugh (his father was a blacksmith working on the site), presumably in a hut like this, where his mother took care of a family (six children) and, according to the 1901 census, about twenty lodgers - imagine housing and feeding that lot in accommodation like this :-) I assume that they ran a shift system! This was taken in July 2006 on one of the open days at the reservoir.

On my way back to the UK today - apologies for lack of comments and responses yesterday - a busy one! - and today.

 

comments (11)

Gosh - quite a story Tom!
What a delightful place Tom!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Apr 2015, 08:19
This really is primitive living Tom
I suspect that this is a somewhat prettified version of what these places were really like Tom. We have come a long way in the last 100 years or so
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Apr 2015, 09:50
The olden days, people were not so worried about personal space, I think.
I have seen even smaller houses from somewhere in the 1800's, that housed larger families. In South Africa, the Netherlands, Ireland and Sweden - normally in cultural historical museums. Here it was commonplace for 4 brothers to sleep in one bed - two facing the foot end and two facing the head board.
Must one of the reasons why so many left home early.
It is amazing what some people have endured in the not long ago past.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Apr 2015, 10:42
I like to read your report about former living in such a house. Bill might be right, and I agree with Mary.
cool cabin
It must have been a hive of activity Tom
It really is difficult to comprehend just how our forebears used to live all those decades ago I always feel, what would they make of todays housing I wonder.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Apr 2015, 14:56
I enjoyed your anecdote very much, Tom.

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