Fancy a cottage with a river running through it? Don't worry - it isn't as daft as it sounds! Pictured is a fine example of a 13th century "fulling" mill which, as @scwilder who took this great picture explains, is the "process of removing oils from wool, while at the same time softening and thickening the cloth." This gorgeous cottage straddles the River Alre (sometimes spelt Arle) in Alresford, Hampshire. I quite fancy living in an 800-year cottage... be nice to have a paddle whilst nibbling on a slice of Victoria sponge. Yes, the Great British Bake Off starts next week and I'm already getting peckish.
Quite something that during the reign of Henry VIII, clothiers, dyers and tanners were recorded as living here. The English thatched cottage began in the primitive thatched dwellings of the Bronze age (2500BC until c . 800 BC) From as far north as the Scottish Highlands to the most southern point of England thatch was used, the thatch may be made of heather, straw, or reeds depending on the area. Today it costs a bloomin' fortune to maintain but it looks gorgeous. Lovely shot by @scwilder 🇬🇧 Visit Blimey.com (see link on my profile) to read more! Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and then add the tag #photosofbritain
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