The Village Shop
To be really like the old-time village shops I recall as a boy in the 1950s
this one needs to be more cluttered and untidy.
And I'm too young to remember Sparky's shop
which was an earlier version of our village emporium.
I was told by my father that Mr Sparks kept his paraffin (kerosene) tank in amongst the groceries and frequently had to climb over sacks and boxes to find the item he was looking for!
No health warnings on these beauties!
Every town and many villages would have a brewery.
I spy with my little eye...something beginning with O.
Yes, Owbridge's Lung Tonic which was advertised to cure
“all affections of the chest, throat and lungs”.
Asthma? Pneumonia? Lung cancer????? Really?
Advertising standards were not so strict in those days.
The Farmworker's Cottage
Standing right in among the farm buildings is what is described as
"a farmworker's cottage".
If it was then it's rather larger than many but
architecturally very much in the Fenland style,
quite plain with very little overhang of the eaves.
Perhaps a farm manager's or farm foreman's dwelling.
The living room / kitchen.
Upstairs in the main bedroom.
And the back garden, though vegetables would be more likely than flowers.
A family was also visiting the house while I was there and
the children appeared to be charmed by this house from a bygone era.
But I don't think they'd spotted that there was no TV
and certainly hadn't noticed the, erm, "facilities"
which were of the "bucket and chuck it" variety.