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TITLE
Crofters' Houses, Broadford
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_069
PLACENAME
Broadford
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
1900s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12891
KEYWORDS
rivers
streams
houses
Crofters' Houses, Broadford

This photograph shows a group of houses built near the river in Broadford, Isle of Skye. The houses, although of different styles, are all built from stone and designed to withstand the weather of the area. The house in the centre appears to be whitewashed stone, and is the older dwelling. It has smaller windows, a central chimney, more rounded sides and the roof is covered with corrugated iron. It is likely that the roof was once thatched. The house behind it is newer, with chimneys on the gable ends, larger windows, and skylights in the roof.

These houses are solid and well kept, but for years many people in the Highlands lived in very poor housing. The dwellings were made from local material, with little timber used except for roof beams. Early travellers found them of little appeal, being often described as dark and dirty. Lifestyle meant that most of the day was spent out of doors, and the houses were functional rather than being attractive, with people and animals sharing the same space, for shelter and warmth.


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Crofters' Houses, Broadford

INVERNESS: Strath

1900s

rivers; streams; houses

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Dualchas Postcards

This photograph shows a group of houses built near the river in Broadford, Isle of Skye. The houses, although of different styles, are all built from stone and designed to withstand the weather of the area. The house in the centre appears to be whitewashed stone, and is the older dwelling. It has smaller windows, a central chimney, more rounded sides and the roof is covered with corrugated iron. It is likely that the roof was once thatched. The house behind it is newer, with chimneys on the gable ends, larger windows, and skylights in the roof.<br /> <br /> These houses are solid and well kept, but for years many people in the Highlands lived in very poor housing. The dwellings were made from local material, with little timber used except for roof beams. Early travellers found them of little appeal, being often described as dark and dirty. Lifestyle meant that most of the day was spent out of doors, and the houses were functional rather than being attractive, with people and animals sharing the same space, for shelter and warmth. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />