Wood Turners Cottage, Brechfa Forest
This was the first ruin I came across at the start of this project. Whilst walking in Brechfa Forest in Mid Wales we found the remains of a cottage being reclaimed by the forest.
Alongside a trackway the remains of the building comprised of four walls and a few collapsed roof beams covered in moss. There was also what looked like the remains of an old stone pig sty on the side of the building.
I did some research and found it had been a two room cottage. Home to at least 3 generations of wood turners, though I could only go as far as 1911 in the census records so likely more families lived here.
The earliest date for the cottage I could find was 1829 in the parish death records so must predate this. The house is shown on the 1950's maps with fields still around it, however by 1970's the cottage and surrounding feilds were covered in trees, the cottage slowly being claimed by the forest.
It was fascinating to find out about some of people who had lived here. There were at least 3 generations of one family who lived here over at least an 80 year period. They were wood turners, the skills and business being handed down from father to son. They also did a little farming shown on two of the census records.
It is difficult to imagine what life must have been like, no modern conveniences, the map shows a spring a short walk away where I assume they got their water from. Most of the time there were at least 5 living in the small 2 room cottage and in one census there were 8 living there. It was a busy family home with many children growing up here.