This is a post for Sepia Saturday 158.
The hut of the Scottish soldiers made me think of a sod house as shown on my postcard. I’ve bought the postcard more than 5 years ago, but the photo must be taken in the fifties.
1960a Pioneers in a Barger-Compascuum
A sod or spit shack is a simple hut covered with heather sods. They were found in the poorest areas of the Netherlands, especially in Drenthe, Friesland and Overijssel, and were inhabited by the poorest workers, often with large families.
A sod house was a simple structure, usually partially excavated and without side walls: the roof began at ground level. The roof was covered with sods from the surrounding fields.
Sod huts were often in peat extraction areas. There was an unwritten rule that a new house should remain as it was built between sunset and sunrise, the fireplace was made and the chimney smoked in the morning.
The living conditions were harsh. By construction the house was badly to heat. It was damp and crawling with vermin. Residents of turf huts were not old. The Housing Act in 1901 forbade living in sod huts. Replacement homes were only offered limited. In a village like Barger-Compascuum it lasted well into the sixties before the last sod huts were demolished. Some sod huts were rebuilt in the Veenpark, where we visited in 2007.
1960b Pioneers in a Barger-Compascuum
Veenpark is a Dutch Open Air Museum near the Drenthe village Barger-Compascuum in the municipality of Emmen. The museum was founded in the year 1966.
Source Wikipedia (Dutch only).
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