Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

The Unadulterated House (and Barn)


longhouse 2-2

I’d call this a Derbyshire longhouse, a farm house and barn combined. I can’t find any further info on Derbyshire longhouses*, so if anyone can add any more history it would be most welcome. To me what stands out about this place is its isolation and its utility.


that and the fact it is there are no other farm buildings around it that have evolved with the changing needs of the farm. I don’t think it is inhabited. Can you see how the green  of spring is starting to wick up the hillside? I’ll let you know when it tops out.

* There is a little info here, about Welsh longhouses.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “The Unadulterated House (and Barn)

  1. Not sure I could live there, quite bleak and isolated. Love this sort of countryside though, Wiltshire doesn’t offer this type of scenery. Can’t wait to get back up North on the Pennine Way 1st week of June.

  2. It is very beautiful and rugged. Derbyshire countryside is so different from other parts of the country.
    When I started reading your post I was going to comment that you should look up info on Welsh longhouses – but then found that you had already.

  3. Some eyes need to rest on distant horizons.

    That is a remarkable place–and another fine demonstration of the contours of the landscape. Don’t you wonder what lives have been lived there?

  4. This reminds me a bit of the American Midwest prairie-desolate but beautiful in its unique way. Love the longhouse-what a clever idea for its time.

  5. Such beautiful scenery, Uhdd. Spring is definitely working it’s way up the hill.

  6. That’s looks way too bleak and insolated, I dread to think what it must have been like in a really harsh winter! xx

  7. Wow… that IS isolated. Beautiful, though.

  8. Im just wondering if these longhouses didnt actualy start off as short houses ?
    Maybe as the family increased in numbers so did the length of the house.
    That one in the picture looks darker at one end which might indicate a slightly different stone, or it may just be that the darker end as no central heating or has not been heated which might mean its a tad damper.
    They are intriguing though arnt they.
    Im not sure they all were a house and barn combined.

  9. What a great idea to keep those important supplies and livestock so close at hand. It would surely make the farmer feel more secure to know they were in the same house.

    ‘Wick up … top out’ – what fantastic language! I don’t know if those phrases are technical, regional, poetic … or indeed original. Great stuff.

  10. Interestingly the building appears to have a blue slate roof, yet the local grey slate quarry which hasn’t been worked for a long time, is only about half a mile away on the track behind the house. Blue slate is imported (often Welsh), whereas grey slate is the local heavy gritstone, quarried, riven, cut to size and laid in diminishing courses.

    I’m sure there will be more on this blog about stone roofing when we finally manage to find the right person to replace our roof.

  11. soss beautiful photos! very well done 🙂
    greetings from germany,

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