This is 'Sunny Place' in the small costal community of Robin
Hood's Bay, England. The stone houses in this narrow street were
built from around 1620 like 'The Old Bakehouse', built in 1639 and
'Fenay Cottage', built in 1628.
These beautiful quirky homes are
full of character and will be loved and lived in for many more
centuries to come.
Here's more about the community with an
extensive history including
piracy and smuggling.
In the 18th-century it was through smuggling villages like Robin Hood's
Bay that 80% of Britain's tea was smuggled into the country. At
the time one pound (450g) of tea was worth a week's wage to the
average worker. See the video right...
masonry walls like these are built with lime mortars. A lime
stone wall is flexible, any movement being absorbed by the
mortar. There is no need for special expansion joints found in
modern building methods. Properly maintained using
traditional methods and materials these homes will stand
for many more centuries.