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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Cottages: Home-made Homes

Miners’ settlement at Hen Barc, Cwmystwyth, Cardiganshire.
DS2009_104_006  NPRN 409281

The native ingenuity of the poorer country people of Wales was never tested more fully than in building the dwellings that they frequently had to erect for themselves, veritable home-made homes.

These small dwellings, often accompanied by no more land than a garden or at best a small-holding insufficient to provide a living, are known as cottages, and their inhabitants as cottagers.

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