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Excitement Abounds – House History

By Wendy the Other Half


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Since buying the cottage and discovering some of it’s hidden secrets, we have been doing lots of surfing of the web. Stuff Doer has found the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group (have a look at their website). They are a voluntary organisation with, obviously, an interest in Yorkshire buildings of the vernacular style. We contacted them via email with a couple of pictures attached and we arranged to meet at the cottage.

When they managed to find us (the house numbering system in Whitby is a little “unique” to say the least) they were almost as excited as us, the proverbial kids in a sweet shop. I think they were pleasantly surprised at our willingness to prod around with screwdrivers and pull bits of wall down so they could get a better look.

A full survey has been booked in by them for the end of July but they did tell us that the cottage is definitely pre 1650, before leaving for a fish and chip lunch covered in soot and brick dust.

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