30 Aug '14, 8pm
Poplar Cottage, 1640
Only one room of this house was heated, and this would probably have been called the hall. The second ground floor room would have been used as a work room and was probably called the shop. The two upstairs rooms would have been used as bedrooms. Instead of a chimney, the hall fire burns in a smoke bay at the gable end of the cottage against the stone section of the gable. Chimneys were a later refinement. England's early planning laws ... Poplar Cottage was a landless cottage built on the edge of Washington Common (common land). At the time cottages were being built all over England on, or on the edges of, common land. To halt the growing number of landless cottages being built, one of England's first planning laws was enacted. In 1589 an act entitled An act against erecting and maintaining cottages was passed. This said: For the avoiding of the great inconvenienci...