English Cottages



TopsyTurvy mentioned that she thought our house looked like an English Cotswold cottage. Not quite (don’t I wish!) but that got me thinking about the little ceramic cottages that we have brought back with us from our trips to England, and so I’ve photographed them and they are above. There are a total of 16 cottages and structures that are modeled after real places in England. I used to have these in a display case, but we’ve changed things around here and they were all hiding in a drawer.

Sorry the quality is poor on some of them. I cropped them and that’s what did it. But you can get the drift of most of them. They are small, only about 2 inches in width, some a little more. I really should have them somewhere where we can see them more often!



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4 Responses to English Cottages

  1. Bex says:

    I found this explanation, Sarah, on the web about cottages vs. houses:

    “A house is a structure used for habitation by people that generally has walls and a roof to shelter its enclosed space from precipitation, wind, heat, cold, and other elements.

    In modern usage, a cottage is a dwelling, typically in a rural, or semi-rural location (although there are cottage-style dwellings in cities).Originally in the Middle Ages, cottages housed agricultural workers and their families. The term cottage denoted the dwelling of a cotter. Thus, cottages were smaller peasant units (larger peasant units being called “messuages”).”

    I always equate cottages as being just small houses with maybe not a full 2nd floor but only a couple of small rooms upstairs. I guess it’s all in the eye of the beholder. I’d rather live in a “cottage” than a house for some strange reason!


  2. JJ says:

    Oh they are TOO sweet to be tucked away in a drawer — would they all fit on a windowsill?


  3. rhubarb says:

    So what is it that distinguishes a cottage from another type of dwelling, say a 2 bedroom house? Is there a special floor plan? Just one bedroom? A sitting room cum kitchen? I’ve never thought about it before,but now I’m curious.


  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    LOL, Bex! For Christmas time we have ceramic cottages like yours. They’re about 8-10 inches high. And back behind me in the office here I’ve got several Lilliput Lane cottages, which are from England. (I just wasn’t as lucky as you with being able to go over to England to get them.)

    Here’s what my Granny’s Bonnet cottage looks like (not my picture, though):

    They’re about 2 inches high.


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