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- Old Houses.
The dwelling houses of years ago were not at all like what they are at present. Nearly all were thatched. The chimneys were bad and frequently the smoke could be seen making its escape by the door. Often there was only one door on the house. The windows were small and fixed. The occupants did not seem to value fresh air, as the windows did not admit of being opened.
In most houses some farm animals cows, calves and even bulls were kept in the end of a long kitchen. Fowl too were often allowed to roost indoors in the kitchen generally on a loft above the farm animals. In most houses there was what we might call a bulge out in the side wall. This was called a "Priesty" and contained a bed. Outside this bed were hung curtains so as to screen off the view from the kitchen. Most houses had a half door. This was closed during the day time so as to keep fowl or other small troublesome(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.