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The Smallest Buildings In Britain

Updated on March 7, 2012

Britain has always been known for its quirky ways, or eccentricity. And being a small island we have had to learn to adapt to the land that we have been given. There are large towns and cities, small hamlets and of course those famous fishing villages along the coast. But over the last few years with the rising cost of housing, and Britain becoming more crowded, we have decided that small is best. And when I say small I mean tiny!

Of course not all the small houses or tiny pubs are that small, but there are a few that will surprise you. Like a race of hobbits trying to find a burrow to sleep in, we, the British won’t take no for an answer. If we want to live somewhere then it will just have to be built there, or adapted from the surrounding buildings or land.

So here are a few of the many small and quaint curiosities, from houses to tiny pubs that make us little Britain.

Teeny Tiny House!

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Quay House ecohousefilm.com

Quay House Conwy Wales

Sometimes on our cobbled streets, the cobbles just get in the way. And don't help you when you are trying to build a house. In fact, they can mess up the job quite nicely! In the case of Quay House, I have no idea what happened! In this case you can’t blame the cobbles as there aren't any! What they do have, however is, or should I say, was, a gap between two buildings. Its said that the builders both started off at the same time.

One started on the left building, and one on the right. They measured the house as they were building it, but someone didn't do their maths! And a gap was left. So, what to do? I know, one of them said, lets build a tiny house in the middle! So the 10ft by 6ft Quay House was born.

The funniest thing about it was that the last resident, was a six foot fisherman named Robert Jones. That must have been one hell of a squeeze!

He actually lived there for fifteen years.

The house became unfit to live in, according to the Council, and now the Jones family who still own it, have turned it into a museum. The viewing public can see the ground floor room where there is a tap and stove. And the upstairs that has a tiny bedroom with a bed and a small cabinet.

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Little Library In A Phone Booth xrisglmv14.blogspot.com

Somerset Mini Library

In Britain today, we are losing our Libraries at a very quick rate. Nearly every day you will see on TV, another town hit by the Snatch Library Brigade, as I like to call them. In other words, the local Councils. Of course there is always a good reason for this, according to the Council in charge. But if you ask them exactly what they mean, like any Politian or Government Minister, they will come out with an argument that just does not make sense.

Maybe if they began to take notice of what the people want, then they may agree with our point of view. Leave our Libraries alone. And in Wells Somerset England, the public have taken matters into their own hands.

Coincidentally, at the same time the Council closed the library, the local phone box was also closed down. So, with typical English spirit did we take it lying down? Did we heck! The phone box was quickly converted into a new Public Library! Its called the Book Exchange. The BT owned box was sold to the Westbury Parish Council for £1. This is not a usual practice as you will understand, especially at that price! But money had to exchange hands.

The phone box now has four shelves, and is crammed with best seller books, cookbooks, DVDs and of course children’s books. The villagers can go and pick whatever they want to read or watch at any time of the day. Great idea!

Little Library Free Photos
Little Library Free Photos

The Theatre of Small Conveniences Malvern Worcestershire

Not all Theatres start of with grand ideas. This Malvern Victorian Theatre was in fact a gentleman’s toilet! It wasn't even built in Victorian times, but who cares, it’s a cute little building. It was founded by a local man who was a Puppeteer back in 1999. The decorations are based on something called commedia dell’arte, and the style has fresco’s, gold gilt and red velvet curtains.

The Theatre is open on Saturday afternoons, and specialises in short puppet shows. It has even had its fair share of actors who have given intimate performances for a select audience. As there is only room for six visitors at a time, then it can be said to be very selective!

Once a year it closes for repairs, but for now, its once again open and ready for the next puppet performance.

At your convenience! geograph.org.uk
At your convenience! geograph.org.uk
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The Nutshell Pub tomwebster25.wordpress.com

The Smallest Pub In Britain

Bury St. Edmunds England has, according to the Guinness Book of Records, got the Smallest Pub In England. It's called The Nutshell, which I think is very appropriate! This Suffolk pub has been serving Pints ever since 1867.

The bar itself, is 15ft by 7ft. It is now a major tourist attraction, and does tend to get slightly crowded! The customers can buy a good old traditional beer, and at the same time take in some of the old photos, and browse historical items. But is it the Smallest Pub in England?

Well, no actually its not!

That great accolade now goes to The Signal Box Inn Cleethorpes.

You wouldn't believe that a pub could get any smaller could you? Well, yes it can! The Signal Box is a pub regularly used by people who travel on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.

Thousands use this railway, and if everybody tried to squeeze in, there would be a bit of a problem! There is only room for four seated customers, and two standing!

At just 64 square feet, you have to be a bit tiny yourself to enjoy a pint. But the good thing is that the landlord offers five pumps of real ale to slake your thirst. The inn itself dates back to 1900, and used to be a signalman's hut.


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The Signal Box Inn flickr.com
Londons Tiniest Police Station! geograph.org.uk
Londons Tiniest Police Station! geograph.org.uk

Tiny Police Station

Now I know I have never been arrested, but even I know that police stations are a bit bigger than this! Maybe its for a hobbit! This teeny tiny Police Station, is situated at the south corner of London's Trafalgar Square and in it's day, only had room for one police officer! Now that's a surprise!

Imagine walking past this little builiding, back in the old days, and trying to steal someone's purse. All of a sudden out pops a police officer! Seriously, this was really used in days gone by. It was built back in 1926 and its said that it was used to keep an eye on demonstrators.

Its actually an old light fitting. It was hollowed out and then windows were added so that the police could keep a birds eye view on you. Trafalgar Square has an abundance of pigeon so I get the idea! It also had a direct telephone line back to Scotland Yard!

See the light on the top? Evidently every time the police officer called Scotland Yard, the light would flash on and off, to alert any other policemen that trouble was afoot! Sadly, its now used as a store cupboard for the cleaners of the Square.


So, there you are. Britain's Smallest Buildings. Unless, of course you know better!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      This hub is so interesting. Love the library in a phone booth. Thanks for sharing.

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      David Harvey 5 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Wow. Can you just imagine trying to get the local council to approve your plans for such a building today? Yet it looks like the place has stood for hundreds of years already! ... And yes, I love the traditional costume. Is it Welsh?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Journey, glad you liked it, and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, David, Yes its the Welsh national costume! its lovely isn't it? thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      I love this hub Rose! One of the greatest mistakes I made in my life was to divorce my first husband before his company required him to travel to Europe and Asia. I missed out on living in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and worst of all I missed being able to travel with him on monthly trips to London...sigh. Maybe in my next life!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Lilleyth, lol! if only you knew before hand! I am glad you liked it, we Brits do have a funny sense of humor, at least I think that's what this is about! haha!

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      SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

      Wow, such a charming idea for a hub! Unfortunately I have never been to Britain, and was unaware of these unique little buildings. Voted up and interesting! Thanks for sharing - I loved it!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, SmartAndFun, thanks! We do have some strange and crazy things over here! lol! glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Jocelyn 5 years ago from Florida, PCB

      Awesome! Voted up!

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      Lillian K. Staats 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Always a joy Nell, maybe you can put my hobbit home in the one day, be well, be happy...lily

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Well I suppose we British were always a bit eccentric! You have found some really interesting small buildings here Nell - shows that size isn't everything

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      hush4444 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Nell, your hubs always make me feel like I've taken a little trip to England with a witty and engaging tour guide. Wonderful job, as always.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      beautiful pix, Nell. You have also sent in a wonderful message that contentment of what we have takes us long way. Desires, are endless. We should learn to be happy in what we can afford.

      The pub sure was quite interesting...wonder how they entertain people there...lol

      voted up as useful

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      CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Wow- really interesting-I love the little police box- imagine walking down the road and a copper jumped out at you! 'ello, 'ello!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Isadora, thanks for reading, and the vote! cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, lily, lol! just send me a picture! thanks as always, and take care, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, CMHypno, yes we are a bit eccentric! especially the police station! what was that about! haha! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, hush, thanks for liking my little England, I shall have to find some more strange things over here! lol!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Ruchira, lol! yes the pub must be quite a night out! everybody outside on the pavement! thanks so much for the vote, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Caseworker, lol! I was going to say that! I think I would have laughed if that happened! how can you take a copper seriously jumping out of that police station? Thanks!

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Nell, you always come up with such Interesting Topics...This was really a Fun Read. I Loved, the Tiny Library, and Quay House, must be Easy to keep clean...and the Tiny Police House, must arrest only "tiny people". The pictures were Wonderful to look at and Enjoy...and I did, in a BIG WAY!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Nell,

      A very interesting and entertaining hub.

      It made me think of the nursery rhyme about the Teeny Tiny Woman who lived in a Teeny Tiny house.

      Vote up and awesome.

      Take care

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved looking at the tiny buildings and reading about them, Nell. People have certainly come up with creative ideas for using small spaces. My favorite building is the library. What an interesting way to use an old phone box!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I think that my favourite is the pub in the signal box. But everyone is interesting. The tiny house really caught my fancy as well.

      Thanks Nell.

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is so delightful! My fave is the phone box library. talk about a great green solution! I can't share your hub from mobile mode but I definitely will as soon as I get on line!

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Loved that micro-mini house. It amazes me that someone would actually want to live in such a tiny environment. On the other hand, I have always loved doll houses, leprechauns, fairies, hobbits, gnomes, puppet theaters and marionettes. Wonderful, clever hub. Voted Up, Interesting and Awesome.

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      Love the photos, wish I could visit all of these charming buildings. Very interesting hub Nell!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is a wonderful hub on those quirky British buildings. I love the library and the theater since those are some of my favorite activities. My personal library is bigger than a post box, and even our 50-seat theater (public, not mine) seems massive compared to the minimum one. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, b. Malin, I have just got in phew! missed my pc today! haha! thanks so much, they are sweet little buildings aren't they? so glad you liked it, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Sue, haha! that's about right I think! we Brits could live in a playhouse as long as its got a nice cup of tea! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Alicia, its great isn't it? at least the villagers get to read all the books they want, so at least in this instance the council didn't win! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks christopher, yes I liked the idea of the pub too, not too crowded! haha! glad you liked it, and thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Green Lotus, yes the phone box is a great idea! and as you say, you can't get greener than that really, thanks for the share, much appreciated, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Grandmapearl, yes I love faires and leprechauns too, that's the great thing about living over here, all our myths and legends, mind you maybe they started because we liked living in tiny places! haha! thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Gypsy, I am glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, alocsin, I love the library too, being mad on books and reading I think its a great idea, glad you liked it, and thanks!

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      The Writers Dog 5 years ago

      Great Hub, Nell. There is one tiny building missing - the TARDIS :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Writers, haha! yes I never thought of that one! but it would have to be David Tennant that was in it with me! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Okay, the smallest pub still look big to me. The phone booth library, well people don't have to be in it for long time. But the police station? That's awful! Crime! Poor cop.

      Dear, Nell, your Hub always a delight. ^^

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Freya, lol! yes that police station must have been claustrophobic for the poor policeman! thanks so much as always, nell

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      A fabulous hub Nell, they are all quirky I can't pick a favourite, I will visit the theatre in Malvern sometime it's now far from me!

      Many thanks and voting up.

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      These buildings are so cute! I love the idea of a tiny house, like the one the fisherman lived in. One person living in a whole house seems a waste of space - but a tiny house would be so cool. Cheap to heat, not much to clean....

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes, you Brits are well known for your stiff upper lip and eccentricities, and we love you for them! Nell, the two friendliest folk I found in Euroland on my wanderings were yours and Scandinavia. Had a jolly time with two girls from Leeds in a Ribe, Denmark watering hole for example. Okay, enough of the rambling and on to your hub. A feel good and charmingly interesting one. Mr. Jones must have been going back to childhood with the Quay House. Little boys just love confined spaces you know. All the others are great fun as well. The only downer is your disappearing libraries. That's one thing we do very well over here and every time the county governments try to skimp the outrage backs 'em off but good!

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      Laura Deibel 5 years ago from Aurora

      Very interesting!

      About the small library, we here have mobile bus libraries which work very well and serve many stops.

      Congestion is a problem in Albuquerque and Denver, where I move between frequently on business. There is not as much land congestion, but car congestion! Need more folks on public transportation.

      Suggestion: Write on London's "Tube" and the public trasportation to France (not built when I was there).

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Movie, let me know how you get on? glad you liked it, and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Dolores, lol! I totally agree, I would love that house! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Alastar, yes the library thing is driving us mad! they do say that they will pub two or three libraries together and make a big one, but that doesn't work for all the older folk who can't reach it, so this is a great idea, and you and two girls from leeds? Ummmm! love to have been a fly on the wall! haha! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Laura, you mean the Channel tunnel? or Chunnel as we call it, that's a great idea, I may just do that, thanks!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Nell, what a charming hub. I love the phone booth turned into a library - now that's genius! Only the Brits could come up with such small venues. Thanks for such an interesing hub. Next time I'm in Britain I will hunt these down.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, suzette, I think our motto is If you can't go through it go round it! lol! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was fascinating hub about tiniest houses. Very inspiring hub for us who have small space to build house. I love all stunning pictures above. Good job, Nell. Vote up and press all buttons here, except funny. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, pras, thanks as always, and I am glad you liked it, we do have some strange and eccentric buildings over here!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! I wonder how Robert Jones formerly managed to live in an extremely tiny house! The tiny library, two tiny pubs and a tiny puppet theatre are all cute and put to good use for people. Most surprising of all is of course the tiny former police station! You talked about the policeman popping out in case the thief steal a purse which is so funny! I would like to see these tiny buildings in the near future - I like to explore unusual places! Well done.

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful,Funny, Awesome and Interesting. Voted up and socially shared.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi,ishwaryaa, thanks so much for reading and the votes, yes that police station must have been so funny! I feel sorry for the police officer having to stay in there all day! lol!

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      I like the library in a phone booth and the police station is cute too; interesting article.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Coolmon, thanks for reading, they are cute aren't they? lol!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Nell, what a cool interesting hub. Votes up. This was very fun to read and view. The phone booth was awesome! Such a great job Nell! Take care.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, lyric, yes isn't a great idea? I think I would be there everyday to check out another book! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Too cute! Although me being sort of bad with small spaces, I wouldn't do so well in these buildings. You come up with the most amazing ideas for hubs, Nell. Thanks so much!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is so interesting! Thank you for sharing. BTW I have no pity for Frasier's wife, lol. Not many will get that probably!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, kitty, something caught my eye in a mag, and I couldn't resist it! lol! it has to be the small police station that wins though! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Jackie, thanks for reading about my small buildings, Frasier? sorry you have lost me there! lol!

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      Jobs Etc 5 years ago

      I like the Pub it is so cute, made me smile.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Jobs, thanks for reading, the pub is cool isn't it?

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      After reading this I am more than ready to go visit England. I will be sure to add this to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing it! :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks tipo, I love all our little buildings, especially the little Welsh house and police station! haha!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      What a great collection of teeny tiny places.

      I bet it must have been tough, trying to arrest someone in that police station in Trafalgar square.

      Where would the accused stand? lol

      Great hub Nell voted up and all the buttons. SHARING

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a lovely hub! Cute buildings. So quaint. I love it. Many votes!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an interesting hub. Loved seeing all the wee buildings. I really like the library and had to laugh at the police station...so cute!

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      Sally Hayes 5 years ago

      Love this! I've been to the little house in Conwy. Sadly it was closed the day we visited so I only have a picture of me standing in front of it. Cute idea for a Hub. Thanks for Sharing! Voted up, beautiful and awesome!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, molometer, can you imagine what size the cell was? haha! thanks again, and for the votes!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Victoria, thanks so much, a small Island and small houses, pity the people are not tiny too we would all live in that great house! lol!

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      TheInspiredLife 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love this hub! Thanks for an entertaining read.

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      Michael Kromwyk 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      What a great & interesting hub. I'm going to the UK soon so I will try to see a couple of these. Thanks!

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      The library in the phone booth was adorable. We used to have a portable library in a van that used to visit local neighborhoods. That was an interesting concept. Thanks for sharing your great hub. People from Britain definitely seem to know how to speak back. That great. Hopefully, the government will listen to what people want more. Voted up.

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      My Minds Eye53 5 years ago from Tennessee

      You make my desire to visit Great Britain stronger every time I read one of your hubs Nell.

      Great hub!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks ThelnspiredLife, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, charm, that's great! hope you have a wonderful time, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, tara, yes the library was a great idea, I always say we get around the problems! haha! seriously though, the government never listens, maybe they will after seeing what people can do, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, My Minds, I hope you get to visit one of these days, let me know when you do and we will meet up for coffee! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, SMD, what a shame! maybe next time? thanks so much for sharing and the vote, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Susan, yes that police station! haha! glad you liked it, and thanks!

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      That's neat. How did you find such research?

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      Deb Welch 5 years ago

      Nell - Very nice Hub. I would like to go in The Nutshell. Funny stuff - the library contents would be stolen in the US - we have mobile library trucks for some people and kids - a different idea. Interesting information - UP.

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      Hayley Richardson 5 years ago from London, UK

      Love this hub, particularly the bit about the library. I'll keep a look out for the mini police station next time I'm in the west end.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, BlissfulWriter, I spotted a small building in a magazine, and thought, Oh Yeah! haha! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Foilboard, thanks for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Deb, I think they would be stolen in my town too! haha! the Nutshell looks good though, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Hayley, glad you liked it, I expect you, like me, have walked straight past it before, without realising what it was! thanks for reading, nell

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      gramarye 5 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Very quirky and fun!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks gramarye, and really nice to see you, nell

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      Nell, this is one of the most fascinating Hubs I've come across! Those buildings are absolutely adorable.

      I am sorry to hear of the eagerness to close down the libraries. This is so tragic. Sounds almost like the heads there think people are better off being ignorant.

      Voting up, just loved this one!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, beth, Yes that sounds about right! I think its disgusting that libraries are shutting down, especially for the older people who can't travel, but thanks so much for reading it, and those tiny buildings are gorgeous aren't they?

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Nell... great read as always, interesting and informative and I must tempting to see these little places...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Rolly, thanks as always, hope your having a great weekend? hugs back, nell

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Nell, what a wonderfully charming hub! I loved your descriptions as much as the pictures. The story of the Quay House is hilarious and I simply love the re-purposing of phone booths into libraries. Simply brilliant. Thanks for a wonderful read. I am definitely sharing this one!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, prairie, thanks so much, I love all our little houses and buildings, I am trying to find out some more at this time, glad you liked it, and thanks!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Nell what an interesting hub. I haven't been to any of these places but I am a sucker for quirky destinations in the UK so I hope I'll get a chance to see some of these in due course. The small pubs must be a nightmare to get served in, especially if they are also tourist haunts! The little house in Cornwall looks so quaint. I would love to visit it, I would fit in ok, I'm only 5' 2".

      Voted up and shared. Great hub.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      It is great with creative people and people who can make use of small building like this! The photos are fabulous and I am really glad that this hub showed up on my feed tonight! I also learned that even I can say that I have library! The police station is wonderful:) thanks for taking me on a virtual tour to all these amazing buildings Nell!

      Voted up and more!

      Tina

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I found this really interesting. I always loved dollhouses (still do) and these buildings are not much bigger than some of the playhouses I had as a child. By the way, the world's smallest bar allegedly is in Key West, Florida. There's a picture of it in my Key West hub.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Jools, yes that pub must get packed! lol! you may even be able to talk to two other people! I love the Welsh one, amazing, thanks for reading and the share, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, thoughtforce, thanks so much for reading, I love the small police station too, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Deborah, I will have to come and take a look, that sounds fascinating, it must be so tiny! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Loved this Nell Rose! Can you imagine a six-ft. fisherman in that tiny house? I'll bet by the end of that 15 years he was five feet tall lol!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, molly, lol! never thought of that! or else he had a bad stoop! thanks for reading, nell

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell,

      Loved your hub. Rated up and shared. The photo at the top reminded me of the prettiest old-time firehouse in my country. It's in nearby Auburn, California. Here's a link to the photo.

      http://tinyurl.com/859893s

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      NellRose, i loved your little buildings. One of my first memories of going to Britain was how much more to my scale the buildings were -- small hotels, small chairs, etc. I adored it. Thanks and voted up.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Larry, thanks for reading, It is lovely isn't it? thanks for the link I will check it out.

      hi sandra, I think its because we are a little country! lol! I love all the small buildings, I think you would love Clovelly in Devon, its like a small street of dolls houses! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Nell. Another first class hub. Great research shows. We have visited the smallest house on the quay at Conwy, it is incredible. All round greatly interesting hub.

      Graham.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi old albion, that's sounds great! I would love to visit it looks like such an amazing place, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Quay House Conwy Wales is a real cutie. But where was the toilet? How did they do 'it'?

      What a shock, Nell, to hear that you are losing your libraries! Down here all school libraries were closed by the new ANC Government in 1994 - it was such a tragedy. But lately they are re-installing them !? They have also demolished railways from town to town in the country - have left only the main routes connecting large cities - and now they are rebuilding them because the trucks transporting goods are destroying the roads. So yes, what's considered to be a bright idea at a certain time by a certain group of people may be considered to be a supreme stupid idea in the future.

      Very interesting and endearing hub, voted up, interesting and awesome.... :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Martie, lol! yes the toilet! never thought of that! haha! seriously I have seen a tv program about south africa and the problems of some such places closing down, and trying to re open them etc, hopefully one of these days people will think before they do something that actually really effects other peoples lives, thanks so much, nell

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      OMG those are so freaking cute, I want to go on a European small building tour now.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Wiccan, lol! you would love it, thanks for reading, nell

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nell,

      I've traveled to England from the US more than a dozen times, but I don't think I have ever visited any of these tiny houses. Thanks for the tour.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Daisy, yes we do have diddy houses over here! lol! some of them are cute, but others are so tiny and the rent is terrible! lol!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hard to imagine a 6 foot man living in a 10X6 foot house. This hub is pure joy! So glad it is brought back again for me to bask in. Great job Nell - Up, all across and sharing.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Audrey, thanks so much, and yes! lol! can you imagine that?

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      I enjoyed this guide to the mini buildings in the UK, pub and all! Thank you. Are you going for the opposite next? Giant buildings?!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks chef, lol! I may look out for the bigger ones to write about, but not sure if we have loads over here, they are not so much fun as the small ones are they? any up there in Wakefield?

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      At least these teeny houses would be quick to clean (I'm all for that!). Another interesting travel hub!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Very cool hub! I love them--they are so quaint!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks heidi, glad you liked it, and yes I am with you on the cleaning! lol!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Audrey, they are aren't they? lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      for love birds nel

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks sujaya!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, enjoyed reading. Amazing mini buildings, love the mini library!! Interesting and informative, voted up.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      WAW! Cute little buildings, the police station took the cake though ha ha ha, but i guess it's kinda brilliant idea in the sense of no one will expect a police to be in something so small. So its like keeping a hidden eyes on things :)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Vellur, thanks so much for reading, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi LF, lol! yes that police station! can't see our police doing that these days! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Oh my Gosh, these are so cute! Love the Nutshell tavern! How do you come up with such unique topics to write on?

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I love tiny buildings, especially tiny houses. This is a fun hub to read and very interesting, Nell.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I like small houses, but these "take the cake". Lots of folks here in Florida are tired of McMansions and are opting for smaller houses!

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      Carolyn Emerick 3 years ago

      Just loved this one, so cute!

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      JoanCA 3 years ago

      I thought my old 600 sq ft condo was small. I'd love to actually see that house.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      I have enjoyed reading the Interesting hub. Amazing tiny buildings, the mini library and other houses! . My son is at present at Ipswich and I know there are such small buildings there as well. After all small is beautiful!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Such small cozy and interesting spaces! I love the article and photos.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I really enjoyed this article. That little house looks so cute.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! thanks rebecca, I just saw the Welsh one and thought wow!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Phyllis, I love all these little houses, especially the police box!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi mary, there are a few in my town too, but not that small, but they are cute aren't they? thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Carolyn, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! Thanks Joan, yes they are lovely aren't they?

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Arun, I have never been to Ipswich, but I hear its lovely, I am sure your son is having a wonderful time, thanks

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Dianna, thanks so much, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, ologsinquito, yes its lovely isn't it? thanks for reading, nell

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      These really are unique buildings of all types. That last one in Trafalgar Square really makes sense. I guess in this day and age there are plenty of cameras that do the same type of job for surveillance purposes. The book exchange phone booth is great as long as the people do return the books or keep exchanging them with others. Nice idea! Pinning this to my United Kingdom board and will share with my followers and retweet. I actually saw this on twitter!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Peggy, yes I do hope they bring the books back, its a great idea! and I can't imagine those police standing in that tiny building all day! thanks again, nell

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Nell, I like to add to your list of Britain's 'small is beautiful' building: Sussex's narrowest house measuring just 6ft x 21ft, which used to be a donkey cart shed! When property prices are steep. 'recycling' is the way forward!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      The good old Brits, completely bunkers! But I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

      I watched a TV program some time ago about the tiny library, also a bus stop in Manchester that was transformed into a miniature house, that must have taken a lot of imagination. I love how the space between the two buildings was made into a home, it must have been pretty uncomfortable for the giant of a fisherman, but as they say, "an Englishman home is his castle." Great hub!

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      Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

      What fascinating buildings! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi greatstuff, Wow, I missed that one! its amazing how pricey these places are, its stupid isn't it? thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Jo, lol! yes we are aren't we? a bus stop? amazing! thanks as always, and have a great weekend, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Jenn, glad you liked it! nell

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