Over to the west of Dartmoor a thatched cottage is growing out of the earth, or perhaps it’s sliding into the earth. Built in the 17th century this curved house has a passage through the middle, which might have been a division between house and livestock originally. It was the old post office for a period, and although it looks abandoned, there are also signs of work being done and the thatch seems to be in good condition. I hope it’s restored to it’s former glory, that would cost an awful lot of money.
Paula’s Thursday Special this week is traces of the past.
27 thoughts on “Traces of the past”
Are there still thatchers around? And what are the walls made of? It’s a beautiful photo, and trace of the past indeed. I hope you’re planning a weekend to look forward too.
There are thatchers yes, and a long waiting list if you need one. There are still lots of thatched cottages over here. I couldn’t get close enough but I’d guess the walls are cob, my friends 16th century cottage is. 🙂
Thanks. Unimaginable, living in a 16th century cob cottage. Before Shakespeare, it was built!
Looks like something from Hobbit land
Yes indeed, perhaps Tolkien went there!
Wow what an amazing building – be wonderful if it was restored
Wouldn’t it just, it really shouldn’t be left to disintegrate.
What an amazing thatching. It would be lovely to see restored 🙂
The thatch is in better condition than the rest of it!
It did look like it was 🙂
It would be worth every penny! I love this capture, Gilly and the subject is fantastic. Very well done, my friend!
Oh thank you Paula, it really deserves to be saved.
Oh, wow- what an intriguing place! I hope it does get restored
This was the pic I said I’d post for you, I’d love to see inside, even better to be able to buy it and restore it sensitively.
Wouldn’t that be fabulous!
It looks cool, though. 🙂
Fabulous capture, Gilly! I’m barely just home and heading for bed. Did you hear Jude’s bad news?
What a find! I’ve heard of a thatched roof but your capture is such a perfect specimen. Wow!
Wonderful building. I’ve not seen thatching in years, not since I was in England… certainly none that I know of, in Wales.
There are no thatched cottages in Wales? I never knew that, but I’ve only been a few times.
I think there are some in parts of Wales, but not round here.
Wow, 17th century. It deserve restoration!
So rustic and picturesque and amazing to think of it spanning back to former centuries.
Like something from Hansel and Gretel, lovely.
This is such a historic looking house. You photographed it so well, Gilly.
My eldest granddaughter traveled to Ireland two years ago to meet her husbands family. When she returned she mentioned the wonderful thatched homes in the area where she had been. And, the rain. I imagine that’s why everything is very green. I love this photograph. It’s perfect for a fairytale story.
Love the roof .. I too hope that it is repaired 🙂