Thursday, 25 April 2013

Thatched Roof Thursday #28 - Monks Kirby

The Old Post Office



I took these photos last week.  The down side was that it was raining but on the upside there were no cars parked in front of this 17th Century Thatched Cottage.  The brick work is interesting and I do like the pheasant/peacock on top.  Not sure which it is.


This home really was once the village post office.  No longer.  In the photo below you can see a yellow building which is the local pub, Denbigh Arms.




14 comments:

TheChieftess said...

You know what I find interesting about all your thatched roof shots? How close the buildings are to the road...just a sidewalk...if that... Quite different from our suburb lawns here in the US!!!

ladyfi said...

Oh, I love old English cottages. Fabulous shots.

-K- said...

I simply can't imagine living in that kind of world. And I don't mean that in a bad way, just that the change of pace and the stylish country living would be so different from Los Angeles.

Doronette NF said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures. I'm in love with such houses !

MurciaDailyPhoto said...

I love that cottage.

Jesh St Germain said...

I love thatched roofs -one can see it's an old building (the walls are not straight:):) _
Thanks you for visiting me earlier this week!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Wonderful old cottage..I wonder what it was like for the people who lived there ..Thanks for the visit to my blog.

Mo said...

What a charming row of houses

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You know really if the TV aerials weren't popping up there on the roof and the yellow road markings (and the road) weren't there :) this scene is probably much the same as many years ago LOL, timeless. Hope you both have a super weekend.

LOLfromPasa said...

Wow, what interesting comments. Thank you for taking the time.

Chieftess - I know what you mean. It is a frequent feature of these villages in particular. Main road with little space to put it.

Thank you, ladyfi, Doronette, Murcia & Mo.

K - Your comment really got me thinking on two levels. One, there are 2 big cities (Coventry & Leicester) not that far away and pace is much faster there. Second, these villages scattered all over the countryside are beautiful, quiet with a lot (not all) beautiful homes. I am with you, village life wouldn't work for me but I sure do like visiting them. Another world.

Jesh - Those walls are a challenge to photograph :).

Nora - My guess it that the nice people living the village life need a car :).

LOLfromPasa said...

Grace - I haven't forgotten you :). I hate those darn street markings and aerials but they are there...ha ha! And cars, millions of cars :). Mr. LOL is making a small improvement and we see you are out and about. Bravo!!!

Samuel Partridge said...

This is my house! I grew up in it until I left for University and my family is still there.

We've had the house for over 20 years and my parents have slowly added more to it, worked on the thatch and ensured it's Grade II listing. I love it and miss it.

The thatch is reed and the house is from roughly the 17th Century, although it's been added to extensively so it's hard to tell. Those black Oak beams you see on the outside run through and support the house on the inside, and many came from decommissioned wood ships.

Originally our house was the local post office. The only straight(ish) wall at the front of the house is that far right window, which was the stable entrance for post carriages, built later on. Inside used to have a iron spiral staircase and we still dig up Victorian bottles in the garden!

Originally, there was also a coachouse style room connecting our house to the neighbour's (where the red brick is now), but now we share a door between gardens instead.

You talked about the thatch pheasant - That's our thatcher's symbol. Used to be a sign these were people you could trust to pay you, but also a 'logo' of sorts.

To answer a few questions:

TheChieftess - The house was built long before a 'sidewalk' or paved road ever came through the village, hence why it is so close to the road. So no lawn, but it does have a garden hidden behind.

-K- - It's not all stylish country living! People work, farms toil, kids grow up and life is pretty much the same there as anywhere. But I live in London now and admit the pace much quicker here...

Jesh St Germain - There is not a straight wall in the house... The ceilings are all at an angle inside and few taller than 5 feet. The newer parts of the house are roomier.

Nora at Island Rambles - People still live here, and we think it's nice!

LOLfromPasa - You need a bloody car. You can't get anywhere without one, although we do have a bus. My parents work in Leicester and from home, so they get around a fair bit. The street markings are kind of neccesary, though - the road is very small so accidents could easily happen.

So, in short, my house! Ask any questions below, I'd be happy to answer.

Any questions, let me know.

LOLfromPasa said...

Samuel - Thank you so much for all the information you have given about this wonderful thatched cottage. Most appreciated and very interesting. Thank you!!

TheChieftess said...

So cool to have the a member of the home owner family respond!!! I find it interesting hoe the streets were constructed so that so many of these beautiful homes are right on the road...