Thursday Doors – Cottage

Welcome to the first of July’s Thursday Doors and it’s a lovely wee cottage that features this week. It’s not too far from where I live so I get to see it quite often. You can see from the bottom window on the gable that the red brick surround is embedded in the wall but the rest of the windows are different.

This looks very like a Model Plan D cottage. In Ireland, under a series of acts from 1883 to 1936, these cottages were specifically designed to improve the living conditions of agricultural labourers, local authorities were involved in locating and compulsorily purchasing sites, building cottages and housing people. You can see a copy of the plan here. Nearby on a crossroad stands another old house with the line of an archway still visible on its facade. It’s part of a group of buildings described as a smithys (blacksmith) on an early 1800’s map of the area. This probably explains the large arch that may have been for coach access and why it’s situated on a crossroad.

Thanks for stopping by this week. There are lots more Thursday Doors over on Norm’s blog waiting to be seen, just click on the links in the comments at the end of his post.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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17 Responses to Thursday Doors – Cottage

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for sharing this, and including the history and the link to the plans. It looks like the cottage would have served more than one family. Still, an improvement over nothing at all. Still, there’s something special about a stone building.

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  2. Teresa says:

    I always love cottage doors, maybe because it is not common here in Melbourne.

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  3. TiongHan says:

    Your last photo is a gem Jean!

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  4. Sheree says:

    It’s charming Jean

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  5. Stone and brick. What’s not to like, Jean? 🙂 Well, probably the damage the ivy’s doing, but it does add to the charm.


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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    An interesting style not seen in this part of the world which is exactly why I love our weekly group: I get to learn new things every week!
    As Dan said, it does look to be a very comfortable size for a family…well perhaps not if we’re talking about 8 or 9 children though 😉

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  7. sjhigbee says:

    As ever, wonderful pics, Jean. Thank you so much for sharing:))

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  9. These red bricks are highly effective. Such a pretty cottage!

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