Monday, March 25, 2013

"Housing" Part Two of "A Little Commonwealth"

Pilgrim Housing Part Two

(But Really Part Three because "The Physical Setting" still had to do with housing.)

"The third major 'type' of Plymouth housing was really just an enlargement of the second. The crucial difference was a ground floor containing two full-size rooms, which were normally set on either side of the chimney. One of these continued to serve as the 'hall,' while the other was called the 'parlor' or 'best room'."[1]

This is interesting because this term did not come into existence until much later in Europe. So, was this indeed a real term, or one that was imparted into this scenario by the author or others? There was no citation, so it could be either. I would love to know more! Because the house was enlarged completely, this also meant that all of the rooms, including upstairs, were also enlarged.

“Two upstairs’ lofts were common in these houses, and they were usually identified by reference to the rooms below (thus  ‘parlor chamber’ and ‘hall chamber’). Since the chimney was normally in the middle of the house every room might have its own fireplace.”[2] (Again, no citation given by author.)

[1] John Demos, A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony. 3rd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.), 32.
[2] Ibid.

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