Edwardian historical delights and our puppy!

As of today we have three days left as a family without a Dog, on Tuesday of next week we collect our very adorable little Golden Retriever puppy and bring him to his new home……We all couldn’t be more excited!!!

Today has been a day of preparation. As a family we’ve never owned a dog. My Husband however grew up with dogs, his Mum and Dad having many throughout his childhood, it would be fair to say that he is definitely a dog person (although I won’t mention that to our cats!). So for me, I have lots to learn – tonight is going to mainly be spent reading the many books I still have left to digest, I do have plenty of time though and will be suitably prepared.

We spent most of the day clearing our utility room for his arrival and sorting all the necessary puppy care items. We’ve needed to relocate lots of chewable items from the utility into one of the adjacent rooms.

The adjacent rooms are truly a historical delight. As a bit of history to our home (more detailed post to follow), the house was built in 1902 during the Edwardian period. It was the adjacent Water Mill owners home. The Water Mill (now a residential home too), was a fully operating mill (although I’m still to have the Mill History Lesson with the neighbours – we believe it to have been a flour mill), the mill harnessing power from the under passing beck.

The former Mill adjacent

The beck running under the mill

It’s very easy to see and imagine life at the turn of the 20th century as you walk around our gardens and home, there are so many remaining items of historical curiosity and interest – not least the adjacent rooms to our utility area – originally the owners coal store and external workshop. We’re not completely certain if they were built at the same time as the house, but we believe this to be the case, I plan to investigate.

Behind the original blue stable doors lies some rather interesting items – Or at least I think so.

The door to the left houses the original coal store for the home. Obviously during the 20th century it would have been the main fuel for the home. I imagine the owner ferrying coal to the house to supply the many fireplaces in the home, one in every room. Must have been a slightly more laborious task than turning up the thermostat like we do now!

Original Coal Store

The door to the right house something far more interesting. It was the original workshop. It houses the remains of a most delightful stove/fire, (although I’m not sure the gas man would pass it for use!) I personally imagine this to have been a place where the residents went to get warm during the cold winters. Being such a small place it would have been very easy to heat, you can imagine hot drinks being made on the stove and people sat talking and discussing in a warm and cosy room…. It’s a stove rather than just being a fire, so it had to be used for more than just heating. I would love to find out more and plan to do so.

Sadly, as part of our renovation process, these rooms will need to be demolished, we’re unable to incorporate this in the development, we’ll try and save what we can, but the next time we see them empty, will be the last, makes me quite sad! I thought it would be nice to show these snippets of early in the 20th century and think about the people that would have used the rooms.

Thanks for reading, I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you, we’re in full pup preparation mode, and truly excited…..

Meet our pup at 4 weeks (the one on the right), although he’s much bigger now! Can not wait!

Natalie XO


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