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Peat house
Inside a peat house. Peat houses were temporary structures used during peat work in Lambhoga in the summer. They usually had a canvas sail spread over a turf, or corrugated iron, roof. The walls were built up with turf, except for some stone work where the open fire was on one of the gables. They were purely functional buildings and only used for about three weeks of each year. Half of the one-roomed building was taken up by the bed. This was a communal bed where all the people of the house slept. And as the conditions were cramped, the people usually slept with all their clothes on.
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