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Water Sources

Beside The Slate House is a barrel with a tap to fill a bucket with water for cooking or washing. The barrel catches rain water from the end of a crude gutter made from two planks nailed together.  Until the 1890s, all the buildings had thatch...

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Watercourses and Drainage

[intro]It rains a lot here! Good drains are vital to stop the ground from becoming waterlogged.  If the land is too wet the crops won’t grow and there won’t be enough grass for the animals. Keeping the drainage ditches open is vital work. [/intro] [details] A small...

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Stoner’s Byre

[intro] Stoner’s House has a typical 19th century longhouse layout.  There is a ‘house end’ containing three rooms, and a ‘byre end’ for animals. The byre end contains standings for five cattle and two small horses, and a range of agricultural implements.[/intro] [details] The longhouse was a...

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Eddie’s Byre

[intro]When it was new, the interior of this house would have been an open space, with only a timber screen separating the byre end (where animals were kept) from the living space.  The building would have had only one entrance, which was used by both...

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