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Apr 19 2013

Ever Seen A Wavy Roof?

If you’ve never seen a wavy roof before, you have now.  There’s a first time for everything.  This was the first and only time I have ever seen a roof like this, which is what makes it so interesting… interesting enough for me to include it as a Foto Friday.

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This stone house was built in the 14th century and, although the slate roof isn’t new (surprise, surprise), it isn’t the original roof.  Originally, it would have been thatched.

Before letter boxes were introduced to the UK in 1853, there were two main ways to send a letter: Take it by hand to a letter receiving house such as this one or give it to someone called a Bellman who used to collect letters from people in the street.

Even though this house was only briefly used as a letter receiving house, it is referred to as the Old Post Office.  Perhaps the name has stuck because of the wall-mounted letter box on the front of the house.

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For further information about the Old Post Office, you can check out the National Trust’s website.


‘Where is this rather unique building?’, I hear you cry.  Well, it’s in Tintagel.  You would be hard-pushed to miss the building once you are in Tintagel as it is only a small village and the Old Post Office is on the main road.  If you’re wondering where Tintagel is… wonder no longer as this map shows you exactly where it is located in the UK…

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