Hornborga Cottage

The last occupant of the cottage lived from fishing and from mending shoes. He kept a cow and a couple of sheep in the windowless cowshed.

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The Hornborga cottage (Hornborgastugan) shows how country people who were not landowners might live in the 19th century. Often the only thing they owned was the cottage that they lived in. Old age or illness made many of them dependent on gifts or on parish support or else they survived by casual work or some craft.

This cottage was owned for several generations during the 18th century by a family who acted as local verger; not a very important post in a district where churches were thick on the ground. The inhabitants had the right to glean hay after the farmers had taken in the hay-harvest. The last occupant of the cottage lived from fishing and from mending shoes. He kept a cow and a couple of sheep in the windowless cowshed.

The cottage comes from the village of that name in Västergötland. It consists of a dwelling, cowshed and barn in a single L-shaped building. The dwelling part is built of wood while the barn is partly made of large blocks of stone and partly of boards jointed into uprights. The roof is thatched with straw. The cottage has a turf roof on top of the straw, a common type of roofing in Västergötland. There is no damper to the stove but the chimney could be throttled from the outside by means of a flat stone that was manoeuvred from the ground using a lever. One has to bend down to enter the dwelling since the door is only 105 centimetres high. The room itself measures only 4 x 4 metres and the stove takes up about a quarter of the room.


1870-1913


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