Cottage interior II

Cottage interior II

Cottage interior II

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The cottage from Törestorp, Åsenhöga, Småland, Sweden, was the first house bought by the open-air museum Apladalen after its foundation in 1920. The cottage is a so called "ryggåsstuga". A ryggåsstuga (there is, as far as I know, no proper English name for it, but it could be translated as something like "ridge cottage") denotes a single storey cottage which had no inner ceiling. This type of cottage was once the most common for the general, country-dwelling population, but in the 18th century it became less popular. This particular cottage can also be called a "kammarstuga" (chamber cottage) since two additional chambers have been added to the great room (one as a bedroom and one as a pantry).

The exact age of this particular cottage is not known, but it is supposed to be from the first half of the 18th century. This cottage is quite big and was most likely the home of a well-to-do farmer and his family. It was used as a home until about 1875 when it was turned into a shop for woodworking.

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