Scots Roots


The Blackhouse
November 7, 2014, 11:42 am
Filed under: Photographs, Scottish History | Tags: , ,

 

Black House 1Blackhouses were traditionally built with thick dry stone walls, usually thatched with turf or reed and with floors of flagstones or packed earth.

They were generally to be found in the Scottish Highlands, the Hebrides and Ireland.

Part of the house was used as living accommodation and part was used to keep livestock.

The house had no chimney and was heated by a fire in the middle of the floor, the smoke permeating out through the thatch.

Peat stack

The peat stack

 

Additional warmth was provided by the body heat of the animals living at the end of the house.

People continued to live in blackhouses into the twentieth century until the demand for more modern houses with better heating and plumbing caused them to fall out of favour.

Many have now been restored for use as holiday accommodation.

Black House 3

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