Smallest House in Great Britain

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Britain's smallest house

The Smallest House in Great Britain (Welsh: Y Tŷ Lleiaf ym Mhrydain Fawr), also known as the Quay House, is a tourist attraction on the quay in Conwy, Wales. The house, which has a floor area of 3.05 by 1.8 metres (10.0 by 5.9 ft)[1] and a height of 3.1 metres (10 feet 2 inches)[2] to the eaves, was used as a residence from the 16th century until 1900; as its name indicates, it is reputed to be Britain's smallest house.[3]

The house was lived in until 1900, when the tenant was a 6-foot-3-inch (1.91 m) fisherman named Robert Jones.[4] The rooms were too small for him to stand up in fully and he was eventually forced to move out when the council declared the house unfit for human habitation. The house is still owned by his descendants. In June 2006, there was a 50% loss of tourists to the house because of nearby roadworks.[1]

This house is painted red and it stands near the Conwy Castle walls. It is open from spring to autumn. Admission is £1.00 for adults or 50p for children and there is information about the house inside. A Welsh lady in traditional clothing stands outside when the house is open and will tell you about the history of the house. The upstairs is so minute that there is room only for a bed and a bedside cabinet. Visitors are unable to go upstairs to the first floor, due to structural instability, but can view it from the step ladder.

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  1. ^ a b "Big headache for smallest house". BBC News. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  2. ^ The Smallest House in Great Britain
  3. ^ "Owner Smallest House in Great Britain Dead". The Lewiston Daily Sun. 14 June 1926. p. 14. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Irvine, Chris (15 March 2010). "Flat 'smaller than a snooker table' worth £200,000". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 

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Coordinates: 53°16′56″N 3°49′43″W / 53.28235°N 3.82860°W / 53.28235; -3.82860