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Crofter's home at Sconser, on the Isle of Skye

This postcard shows a crofter's home at Sconsor, near Sligachan on the Isle of Skye. A croft house is a low house in which Highland tenant farmers lived. Croft houses consisted of two sections: one room for the crofter and his family and a barn for the cattle.

A fire was usually set in the middle of the room, to maximise the level of warmth in the house, but this also caused a smoky environment inside. Thatched roofs, small doors and small chimneys all helped to retain heat

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Crofter's home at Sconser, on the Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Portree

1890s

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This postcard shows a crofter's home at Sconsor, near Sligachan on the Isle of Skye. A croft house is a low house in which Highland tenant farmers lived. Croft houses consisted of two sections: one room for the crofter and his family and a barn for the cattle.<br /> <br /> A fire was usually set in the middle of the room, to maximise the level of warmth in the house, but this also caused a smoky environment inside. Thatched roofs, small doors and small chimneys all helped to retain heat