Fenland Cottage (1)

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From the 17th century onwards small communities developed at the edge of the Fens to serve the growing local industries of turf and sedge cutting.

A picture taken in 1988 of the cottage before restoration
A picture taken in 1988 of the cottage before restoration

Living conditions in the cottages were very basic. Drinking water was obtained from a pump by the road-side. each dwelling had a bucket-closet, emptied at night by the soil-man.

The Bucket-closet
The Bucket-closet

This example of a Fenland cottage has been restored as part of the historical display at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire.

 

The workshop
The workshop
The Barn
The Barn

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