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1850 Lead miner's house Wanlockhead Pictures

This picture was taken at wanlockhead, lead mining museum. It shows one (of the three) mock ups of what miner's accommodation would have looked like. The second in the series, pictured below, would have been in the middle years in the life of the mine, approximately 1850.

lead miners house 1850 wanlockhead picture


The cottage was likely to have improved considerably since the 1750's (pictured here). Most noticeable is the increase in comfort and warmth with pine wood lined walls to retain heat along with the hearth being moved to the gable end (which would have allowed smoke to leave via a chimney or similar). The box bed would also have been made by a local craftsman and would certainly have added comfort to the heather which was previously used.

An example of an 1750's lead miners house at wanlockhead picture


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