We have a confession, our handyman took our ceilings down and he did a fantastic job. We didn't know what we'd find under the ceilings and some surprises where thrown up.
The kitchen when we inherited it was three rooms: a back corridor, a larder and a small kitchen but it appears the kitchen used to be two rooms separated by a wooden partition.
When we stripped the walls we found the old door into the second room. This suggests that the kitchen may be oldest part of the house, we have evidence from old books and notes on the area that it could have been a crofters cottage, two rooms, one a kitchen, the other a small barn for animals and the attic a bedroom. The second floor was probably added at a later date and the thatch given over to Yorkshire slate. The evidence for this was strengthened when we found an old flue in a shower of chicken wire used to patch an old flood from a water tank we tore out and a box of woodbines. Then we found the bricked up fire place behind the cheese shelf.
The hole in the wall revealed the flue joining to the old fireplace and the depth of it was around three feet. This large opening suggests an old fashioned fire, which throws light on the iron peg that juts out of the wall by it, a strange peg with a single hole in it for hanging cast iron pot handles off. We have seen these in cottages before but always thought they went with a bread oven. Which then throws light on the other opening in our wall.
Which is a second oven, long gone, long forgotten. We may be wrong on all these points but the shape and size of the oven and it's proximity to it and the fact the oven opening is so close to this second opening suggests a secondary oven. Then we uncovered the pad stones.
Which again suggests that the beams ran in the opposite direction, allowing for a flue through the roof. The flue has been blocked up sometime ago, or so we believe, we have our suspicions about a boxed in area in the front room but that's for another day.