Advantages Fascinating to look around and very cheap
Disadvantages Not suitable for those with disabilities or mobility issues
Whilst souvenir shopping on Anglesey recently, my girlfriend spotted a Lilliput Lane model of the Smallest House in Great Britain. As her brother is a huge fan of Lilliput Lane models, she picked it up as a gift, wondering aloud whether the real thing was close enough to make a visit possible. It was an attractive little model and she thought it would be a nice touch to also present him with a photo of it so he could see how accurate the model was.
Fortunately, it was, with the Smallest House in Great Britain being on the quay side in the town of Conwy, on the North Wales coast. Conwy is easily reached by road, being on the A55 which runs pretty much the whole way across the North Wales coast, or not far from the A470, which runs the whole length of Wales. This was perfect for us, as we were on the A55 on Anglesey and we were staying in Betws-Y-Coed, which is on the A470.
Despite its size, you certainly don't miss the Smallest House as you walking down the quayside. It may be tiny, but it's painted bright red. It's attached to the end of a terrace of houses, the last of which is a cottage which has been converted into a shop. The house is smaller than the cottage next to it, but behind it, the town wall towers over it, making it seem even smaller. On the left is a large space which was another terrace of houses until they were demolished, but you can see in old pictures how miniscule it looked in comparison and very much as if the house were originally forced into the gap when it was built. Somewhat amusingly, the chimney of the house is much taller than you would expect, almost the same size as one of the storey's of the house and seems totally out of proportion. I can only assume it was built this way to extend above the roof of the house next door and allow the smoke to disperse when the house was in use.The house certainly seems to be well cared for, as the brightness of the paint suggests it's touched up fairly frequently. It has two windows on the front, one tiny one next to the door and one upstairs. Various websites suggest that the guide there would be a lady in traditional Welsh costume, but she wasn't there when she visited. I'm not sure if this is because the websites were out of date, or if it was her day off as we visited on a Sunday, but the gentleman who was there was certainly very knowledgeable about the history of the house. Perhaps the most remarkable piece of which is that someone lived there until 1900 and he was 6' 3" tall. Given that the doorway wasn't even tall enough for my 5' 4" girlfriend to walk through without having to mind her head, this tells you the difficulties he must have had.
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