Some Early and Primitive Building Forms in Brittany
Author: Meirion-Jones, Gwyn I.
Source: Folk Life - Journal of Ethnological Studies, Volume 14, 1976 , pp. 46-64(19)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:During the course of a long-term survey of the domestic buildings of Brittany, houses of the simplest form, long-houses and single-cell dwellings, have been found widely distributed, some occupying isolated sites, others crowded into hamlets and often in rows (Meirion-Jones 1973a, and in progress). The single-cell dwelling, whether attached to a byre or not, appears to have been the standard unit of family accommodation, probably for the greater part of the rural population, until well into the twentieth century. Whole families lived, cooked, ate and slept in one room, furnished in the simplest manner with a table and benches, a few large cupboards and chests, and one or more box beds arranged near a hearth invariably set against the gable wall. Additional sleeping accommodation was sometimes provided in a loft, also used for hay, the storage of grain, or other farm purposes.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1976-01-01