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TITLE
Gradual evolution. First improvement
EXTERNAL ID
QZP99_93134_06_02
PLACENAME
unidentified
CREATOR
I F Grant
SOURCE
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library
ASSET ID
38452
KEYWORDS
houses
roofs
chimneys
fires
buildings
Gradual evolution. First improvement

Before the Crofters Holdings (Scotland) Act of 1886 crofters has no security of tenure and could be evicted from their land at short notice. This meant that many crofters were unwilling to make any major improvements to their houses. The 1886 Act gave crofters security of tenure and encouraged improvements to housing. Adding chimneys to croft houses was one of the improvements made. Previously roofs had no chimney and the peat smoke was allowed to find its own way out through the thatch of the roof. The first chimneys were simple canopies over the fire to encourage the smoke up through a hole or earth chimney. Later flues were built into the gable of a house and the smoke was encouraged out through a dry stone chimney


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Gradual evolution. First improvement

houses; roofs; chimneys; fires; buildings

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library

I F Grant Photographic Archive

Before the Crofters Holdings (Scotland) Act of 1886 crofters has no security of tenure and could be evicted from their land at short notice. This meant that many crofters were unwilling to make any major improvements to their houses. The 1886 Act gave crofters security of tenure and encouraged improvements to housing. Adding chimneys to croft houses was one of the improvements made. Previously roofs had no chimney and the peat smoke was allowed to find its own way out through the thatch of the roof. The first chimneys were simple canopies over the fire to encourage the smoke up through a hole or earth chimney. Later flues were built into the gable of a house and the smoke was encouraged out through a dry stone chimney <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: central.edsc.library@edinburgh.gov.uk">Edinburgh Central Library</a><br />