The traditional Pembrokeshire cottage

Tegfan - before recent building work

Tegfan – before recent building work

Although Tegfan had a new roof, a new floor and a new front door in the 1960s and has recently had a new kitchen, bathrooms, roof lights and central heating, it remains, esentially a small, traditional Pembrokeshire cottage. Its walls are two feet thick, its original windows are small and its roof beams are roughly carved and massive.

There are a number of resources for anyone interested in finding out more about the housing of poor Pembrokeshire families in the nineteenth century.

  • The Welsh CottagePenrhos cottage is a tiny ‘built-over-night’ house managed by the Pembrokeshire Museum Service. It is open by appointment.
  • ‘Save the Last of the Magic : Traditional qualities of the West Wales Cottage’ by Martin Lewis whose web-site has many ¬†examples of sensitive architectural conservation in West Wales.
  • ‘The Welsh Cottage: Building Traditions of the Rural Poor, 1750-1900’ by Eurwyn William.

Further research should start at the Seaways bookshop on West Street in Fishguard.

About bookvolunteer

I'm passionate about books, about Oxfam and about making the world a better place. When I'm not filling the shelves in Oxfam Wilmslow, I might be found reading the books I've bought in the beautiful surroundings of North Pembrokeshire.
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