This is the first of quite a few of the old houses demolished with pictures of how they looked at the time and in most cases who lived in them.
This pair of cottages were tied houses to one of the farms in the village, all belonging to the estate, they are/were half timbered and thatched, with very low doors and ceilings. They had two up and two down, you had to walk through the first bedroom to get to the second one.
The big double chimneys half way along the roof were from the inglenook fire places with an open small cast iron range in both houses, the other chimneys were from the rooms at each end of the houses, (see bottom picture)
In years gone by, when cooking was done
Burnt coal and logs, with pots upon,
The cast iron range, came into use,
House and cottage, all black and spruce.
Blazing fire, reaching up and back,
To chimney hood , all sooty and black,
Had two ovens, with big black knobs,
To cook for the family, and bake the cobs.
Kettle on a hook, swung over the fire,
Always on the boil, till tea we desire,
Pots on the side, to boil the taters,
Pan on the trivet, fry bacon for the platters
A toasting fork, to toast stale bread,
Hung on a nail, in the homestead,
Nothing was wasted, all was used up,
Meat boiled off bones, made broth to sup.
For years and years, ranges were used,
Then lectric came in, and every one enthused,
Cooked with a switch, on the wall turned on,
Off it went cold, heat from the range be gone.