Crosthwaite Cottage - a typical Lakeland cottage across three centuries
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Secluded cottage in Crosthwaite
By 1750 the owners of Crosthwaite Cottage had made improvements to their original single storey home. The early side entrance was retained but a front door had been added. The inglenook fireplace was also still in place but a fireplace and chimney had been added to the left gable, necessitating the blocking off of the loft window. The walls of the cottage had been raised slightly to turn the loft into a sleeping area and a spiral stone staircase had been installed to replace a steep ladder. A small outshut, or annexe, had been built on the back of the cottage to accommodate the buttery.
Buttery at back
By the beginning of the 19th century the owners of Crosthwaite Cottage had made dramatic changes. Georgian sash windows had been added at the front. The height of the walls had been raised again to accommodate three normal size bedrooms, now accessed via a wooden dog leg staircase in the outshut to the rear of the building. This outshut was continuous across the back of the cottage and contained both a pantry and a scullery. The inglenook fireplace had been replaced with a hearth designed to take an open range and there were fireplaces in the two main bedrooms. The side door had been blocked by now and a substantial porch added to the Georgian front door.
Fitted interior from front
Fitted interior from back
Outshut on back
Bulman Stands, Crosthwaite
Crosthwaite Cottage was first built in 1700 and was a simple single-storey building. The windows were unglazed and the door to the house was in the side wall. Inside there was a large living kitchen with an inglenook. A small fire window provided additional light into the inglenook and a wooden heck screen kept out draughts when the door was opened. A parlour stood on the other side of a wooden dividing wall. The parlour was panelled for added comfort and behind it was a small buttery. A crude ladder-stair rose up to the roof space. Up here, there was a small window in the gable but no other refinements. The space was used as a bedroom for the children or to accommodate guests.
Fitted interior - kitchen, parlour and small buttery behind parlour
Crosthwaite Cottage in 1825