The narrowest houses in the United Kingdom

Sometime throughout life depending on our circumstances, most of us think about the size of our house and whether it is adequate for our needs. For example, a young couple may feel that they require a larger house or apartment when they decide to start a family, or, if a business has grown then perhaps a bigger house with a study or work room is needed. On the other hand, as we get older and our children have "flown the nest", we may think about downsizing. Some people buy the oddest of properties. These are some houses that have earned the title of "narrowest houses in the United Kingdom." The properties featured have no room to swing a mouse, let alone a cat!!

Formerly a donkey cart shed, this property has been converted into a terraced home. From the front of the house to the back, it measures 21 feet and is 6 foot wide. Amazingly this supermodel thin house has an entrance hall, shower room and kitchen all on the ground floor. There is a tiny living area on the first floor leading up to a bedroom in the eaves! Around thirteen years ago, a couple bought this house for £8000 and spent a further £15000 renovating it to rent out. Apparently no heating costs are involved as it is sandwiched between two houses which provide warmth and insulation.

The Wedge
The Wedge

In Millport, on the North Ayrshire coast, you will find The Wedge which is aptly named as it is shaped like a wedge of cheese. The house is around 22 feet in length and measures 11 feet at its widest point. The width of the front of the house is just under 4 feet (the width of the front door). It has been a tourist attraction in Millport for many years and has been used as a rented holiday home in the past. Downstairs there is a small porch with a kitchen and lounge, whilst upstairs houses the shower room and bedroom. Prior to the house being sold in 2001 for an undisclosed sum (asking price was £27000) the previous owners had rented the property out for 20 years. The Wedge is named in the Guinness Book of Records for having the narrowest recorded frontage in the world. Never again will I moan about the size of my 2 bedroom apartment!

Built around 1899, this skinny house has been sandwiched between two other houses. The house measures 4' 10" wide at the front. Although the property widens out a bit at the rear, it has officially earned the title of the "narrowest occupied domestic residence in Britain." Hard to believe that this was once just a small gap between two properties. Not so much compact and bijou, but cramped and claustrophobic!

Although this two bedroomed property measures a measly 66 inches wide, it has five floors - lower ground, ground, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. It was put on the market in December 2009 with a price tag of £549,950! If I had this sort of cash to spend on a property, I would certainly be looking for something much more spacious!

Positioned on the quayside in Conwy, North Wales, this little red house is the smallest house in Great Britain. As well as being vertically challenged, it is only 1.8 metres wide. The house was originally built as a fishermans cottage, but is now a tourist attraction which is open to the public for six months of the year. At one time, a gentleman of 6' 3" lived here! It has one bedroom and kitchen with a small shower room.

Advantages of having a small property

I suppose the advantage of having a narrow house is cost of decorating and furnishing would be very minimal. Judging by the width of these homes, the problem would be actually getting the furniture inside. It gives a whole new meaning to "flat packed" furniture.

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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

Interesting these houses bring back memories of the digs I lived in when I was in the UK growing up. Its kind of nostalgic to see them in front of you.................

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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Its amazing to think that some of the space inside isn't much bigger than the width of the front door.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Interesting hub. I can't imagine living in a house as skinny as these.

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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

I know what you mean. They make my flat feel like a mansion.

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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Hi Jacqui, this is such an interesting hub and you have just reminded me that as a child I visited the small welsh house on a school trip. It makes me feel that maybe I complain a little too much about our rather bigger three bedroomed house. Thank you for sharing.

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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Thank you for your comment. Its hard to imagine anyone could ever have lived in a house so tiny. I won't be complaining either about the size of my house either. At least I can swing my cat in mine. (Only joking - I'm an animal lover really!)

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a great hub, very unique and very interesting !!

I now look forward to many more by you.

Take care


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Eiddwen for your comments.

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lisa42 5 years ago from Sacramento

Loved this! What a fascinating idea for a hub, and the photos are great!

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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ lisa42, thank you for reading and for your feedback. I just love how they fit such slim houses in between two buildings.

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Textured Ideas 5 years ago

Wow they are exroardinary. They really remind me of that house on Harry Potter in Order of the Phoenix which magically appears between the buildings!

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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Textured Ideas - I know what you mean. You could never imagine a house being built when you see the small space available. Some of them make you wonder how they got any furniture in such a tight gap!

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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

jacqui2011, I'm fantasizing about living in a very small space myself. Unfortunately, they are difficult to find where I live, so I really enjoyed your hub about small houses in the UK. Thanks for SHARING.

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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ sandrabusby - Thank you for your comment. I was in Scotland last week for the Easter holidays, and visited The Wedge in Millport. It's hard to imagine how they got any furniture through the front door. I would love to see inside the place as it has always intrigued me.

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