Country Life as it was…


In the early days, families in the countryside traditionally lived in small one or two room dwellings, with the second room allocated for the parents. Originally, families used the timber framed dwellings (as seen above) since this allowed the family to move around between different estates in order to work the farm land. More so, house was situated on lose block work and these dwellings also lacked basic internal plumbing services, with the family usually relying on a local standpipe ( communal water source seen below).


As the family increased there earnings, the parents would enhance the home by constructing a new dwelling from quarried stone held together with mortar ( as seen in the image below). This form of construction offered the family a bit more protection against the high winds caused by approaching weather conditions during the annual hurricane season. Therefore, the dwelling were to become permanent, the family would adopt internal plumbing for the kitchen and shower, however, toilet facilities remained in the out house connected to an open pit such as used by the modern day Amish community located within Middle America. Owning such a permanent residence in the countryside was considered a privilege as most couldn’t afford such solid accommodation in the early days of the island being inhabited.


Furthermore, they are some who obtained the funds to construct a masonry structure, but preferred the timber chattel house form with multiple modules , which provides accommodation for the children within the household (see image below).