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THE SMALLEST HOUSE

Les Auld (Occasional Images) featured a picture of this tiny house in January. Situated in the town of Conwy (Conway) in North Wales I am seen standing outside with a couple of ladies who are dressed in traditional Welsh Costume. I am looking considerably younger in this picture so it must have quite a while ago.

 

The house named in the Guinness Book of Records as The Smallest House in Great Britain, with dimensions of 3.05 metres x 1.8 metres, can be found on the quay. It was in continuous occupation from the 16th century (and was even inhabited by a family at one point) until 1900 when the owner a (6 ft fisherman – Robert Jones) was forced to move out on the grounds of hygiene. The rooms were too small for him to stand up in fully. The house is still owned by his descendants today, and you can go on a tour around it for a small charge.

 

More From The Slide Scanner 5/21

THE SMALLEST HOUSE

Les Auld (Occasional Images) featured a picture of this tiny house in January. Situated in the town of Conwy (Conway) in North Wales I am seen standing outside with a couple of ladies who are dressed in traditional Welsh Costume. I am looking considerably younger in this picture so it must have quite a while ago.

 

The house named in the Guinness Book of Records as The Smallest House in Great Britain, with dimensions of 3.05 metres x 1.8 metres, can be found on the quay. It was in continuous occupation from the 16th century (and was even inhabited by a family at one point) until 1900 when the owner a (6 ft fisherman – Robert Jones) was forced to move out on the grounds of hygiene. The rooms were too small for him to stand up in fully. The house is still owned by his descendants today, and you can go on a tour around it for a small charge.

 

comments (25)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Mar 2012, 03:18
I believe the sign says "The Smallest Spouse", Brian, and I cannot believe you are offering yourself as a candidate on this occasion, regardless of the attention of the Welsh Gals.

[A small sartorial suggestion...an inexpensive US Basketball cap could protect your exposed scalp from the ravages of the sun.]
Brian Walbey: NO I don't think Maureen would have allowed me to be a candidate Ray smile These days I would need an even bigger Basketball cap smile
It's nice to meet you Brian...
your friends are quite colourful... are they short enough to live in The Smallest House....petersmile
Brian Walbey: I don't think they were very tall actually Peter. It is a funny little house inside.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Mar 2012, 07:01
Being over 6' I will pass on the tour but remember many a summer in my childhood spent at Conway. A fine castle if I recall correctly.
Brian Walbey: It is a fine castle Mike, and I had to bend inside the house being not a lot sorter than you.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Mar 2012, 07:02
I was gonna say you look like a dashing, young whippersnapper there, Sir Brian! smile
Brian Walbey: The words dashing and young have really made my day Ginnie, I'm still that inside of course.
I am also in North Wales today. They seem to like colourful houses
Brian Walbey: Then I hope you are enjoying yourself Bill, we love North Wales and have been many times.
Bronwyn and her friend Dyllis have had their day lifted to high levels of pleasure with your presence Brian
Brian Walbey: High levels of pleasure eh, I'd forgotten that bit.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Mar 2012, 07:52
Just imagine living in a place that small Brian
Brian Walbey: I can't Chris but people actually did apparently.
One of those ladies is almost invisible against the little red house Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed she is Chad. I think there is a team of ladies who take it in turns to sit there, for a fee of course.
oh my, cant imagine living in such a small place; great for quick cleaning tho LOL
Brian Walbey: Definitely quick to clean but not big enough for a big screen tele etc.
Those two are unbeatable Brian. Can we order one of those hats?
Brian Walbey: They are traditional Welsh ladies hats Juan, in deed the ladies are in traditional costume.
Just love the red color in in
Brian Walbey: I suspect it helps to attract visitors Chantal, it is a very popular tourist stopoff.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Mar 2012, 11:21
Great photo good info
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 23 Mar 2012, 11:23
The ladies look pleased that you are in the picture with them, young Brian
Brian Walbey: They are probably thinking money Lisl, if you Google this house you will get hundreds of similar pictures up, just different ladies.
I guess you go for a tour round it one at a time! Fascinating. Lovely capture, too. (:o)
Brian Walbey: Yes there isn't much room for more than one inside, thanks for your comment Ros.
It would make a delightful playhouse for some lucky children, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed it would Beverly, but then it wouldn't be one of the main tourist attractions at Conwy.
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Mar 2012, 12:55
I visited Conway as a child, 'Blackdog' jogged my memory, when he mentioned the castle.

I'll have to have a root around to see if there's a picture of this.

Great holiday memories, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Yes we had a good day there Martin visiting the castle as well.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Mar 2012, 13:44
Getting ready to pounce on camera touting touristsmile
Brian Walbey: That's the main function these days John, just Google this house and see how many similar photos you get.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Mar 2012, 14:44
Oh, this looks interesting- and I like the red coats of the ladies matching the red house. I assume that they are buying things for charity. How young and sportive do you look!
Brian Walbey: Thanks for the comment about me Philine, I wish I still looked as young and sporty! The little house is a tourist attraction these days and the ladies, wearing traditional Welsh costume, are there to sell as much of the gifts on the table that they can.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Mar 2012, 15:06
oh, sorry, they are selling!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Philine, I can't remember if e bought anything.
Great to see you Brian.
Very nice picture!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
Mmm - that's pretty small!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Tom, definitely not room to swing a cat.
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Mar 2012, 17:45
I remember Les's shot well - my parents nearly the narrowest house in Bristol when I was a teenager - about as wide as this, glad they didn't! smile
Brian Walbey: I bet you are Fred, I can't even imagine how people lived in this little place.
It's cute in red... I remember seeing a program once that highlighted that tiny house.
Brian Walbey: So do I Jacquelyn, it is a well known tourist place to visit.
All that on double yellows. The Conwy traffic wardens must be very lenient!
Brian Walbey: Perhaps they get commission Graeme smile
classic candid. I like it when people makes these efforts.

Tour for a "small" charge.. lol
Brian Walbey: The tour would last all of 10 seconds rob, it is that small.

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